Lambert’s USO of Missouri Airport Center Wins National Honor

Honored for the top U.S. Airport Center-Large Division in the second annual TellUSO Awards

June 4, 2014 | 2 min reading time

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport congratulates the USO of Missouri after it was honored for the top U.S. Airport Center-Large Division in the second annual TellUSO Awards, which were announced in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The USO and its airport and military base centers offer support and services to America’s troops and their families around the world. The USO of Missouri serves as many as 12,000 service members and their families each month at the James S. McDonnell USO in Lambert’s Terminal 1 and its satellite facility in Terminal 2. The Terminal 1 facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The USO of Missouri is funded solely from the support from individuals and corporations as well as a legion of volunteers.

“It’s a tribute to the volunteers for all the hard work they put in,” said David Waltrip, the President of the Board of Directors for the USO of Missouri.

The USO of Missouri relies on 1,200 volunteers to serve troops across the state and those traveling through Lambert. USO of Missouri volunteers typically log around 7,500 hours a month. Military visitors at Lambert receive free food and drinks as well as have access to sleep areas, computer access and entertainment.

The TellUSO awards are based on the feedback of thousands of troops who are surveyed about the USO’s programs and services at centers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Pacific regions.

“It’s very exciting for us and our volunteers,” said Kathy O’Conner, Executive Director of the USO of Missouri. “Our guests continually tell us we’re the best USO they’ve been to. The award now validates what we hear every day.”

For more information on services, volunteering or donations, contact the James S. McDonnell USO at 314-429-7702 or log onto

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