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New McChord Field terminal lounge open to passengers

62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Published: 05:19PM July 3rd, 2014
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Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson

Airmen from the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron watch the World Cup on the big screen in McChord Field's new passenger terminal family lounge during a ribbon cutting ceremony June 23 in the newly upgraded lounge. Construction began in March 2011.

McChord Field’s passenger terminal opened its doors to a new family lounge during a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 23.

In 2010, Air Mobility Command attempted to standardize passenger terminals around the world after noticing facility discrepancies between various terminals.

Numerous terminals throughout the Pacific, Europe and the United States were targeted for this standardization, including the one on McChord Field.

“Efforts to upgrade the McChord family lounge began in the spring of 2011,” said 2nd Lt. Michael Weber, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron passenger terminal assistant flight commander. “In March of 2013, the renovation contract was awarded, and construction began.”

Many commanders from McChord witnessed the opening of the new lounge alongside members from the 62nd APS.

“The new facility is equipped with numerous amenities including television and business lounges, children’s play area, crib and nursing room, a kitchen and a gaming room,” Weber said.

Then he invited Col. David Kumashiro, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, to put the project into context.

“For all of the folks from the aerial port, particularly the passenger terminal, this really signifies AMC’s commitment to our families,” Kumashiro said. “By doing this ribbon cutting to the family lounge, it really does take a large step to acknowledge the importance they play in our lives and our ability to execute our mission.”

Kumashiro led the crowd into the terminal with Col. Bruce Bowers, 446th Airlift Wing commander, and Maj. Lisa Ryan, 62nd APS commander, for the cutting of the ribbon.

The three officers waited for the audience to finish an enthusiastic countdown before snipping the ribbon and officially opening the new family lounge.

A few families entered first to see what the lounge had to offer. The new lounge featured a large play area to include a jungle gym, a quite nursing room and a business center located away from the common area. Airmen immediately gathered at the television to watch Mexico play Croatia during the World Cup.

This caught Kumashiro’s attention as well.

“You may see me soon,” Kumashiro laughed, “because I think I might be coming here in the next couple of days to watch some of the World Cup on this nice TV.”

McChord Field’s passenger terminal is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.