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Yuma airport opens military comfort center

By Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison | | July 22, 2010

Lance Cpl. Taylor Gibson, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 expeditionary airfield technician, was one of the first of many service members to enjoy the Yuma International Airport’s military comfort center, which opened July 12, 2010, to accommodate traveling service members.

The center has several couches, a flat-panel television, two computers with Internet access and a snack bar.

Staffed entirely by volunteers ranging from local students to retirees, service members are assured a warm welcome, whether flying into or out of Yuma.

“I read an article asking for volunteers,” said Bobbi Richardson, staff volunteer. “It’s only my first day, but I feel great.

Despite the airport’s small size, discovering the area still seems to be a big treat.

“I didn’t even know it was here until I got here,” said Gibson. “It’s cool.”

The center is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or until the day’s last departing flight.

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