To me, the USO was a lot like Valhalla. Stories–legends really–had been handed down about that mythical place since WWII. It was a place mere mortals entered at their peril. And I have been in awe of it for a very long time.
So I was thrilled to learn that as a civilian, I am allowed to enter the USO at any airport that has one. And I have to tell you, it’s kind of awesome. Free computers, free X-Box games, free food and drinks and free TV. What’s not to love?
So I am here at Baltimore Airport and my first order of business was to find the USO. The airport is under construction, so I had to take the elevator down to the first floor, then go outside to the pavement, walk awhile, then come back inside and walk down another hall. But I found it! And yes, they let me in.
So the process is: they check your CAC card, then they stamp your hand so you don’t have to show the card again. You check your bags into a room and then you are free to sample all the delights the USO has to offer.
And get this–when you are ready to leave, they have free carts you can use for your luggage!
**Update: So I sashayed up to the USO Food Counter and looked at the menu…and I saw cheeseburgers!! I was soooo excited. I had my mouth all ready for a fresh cheeseburger with lettuce and ketchup and mustard. Then the hostess turned around, bent down, reached into the bottom of a freezer, and pulled out a FROZEN microwavable burger.
*Sigh* You win some, you lose some.