1,300 visitors since opening
The Southeastern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently presented donations of food, computer equipment and other supplies to the T.F. Green Military Lounge. Chapter Vice President Vince Messina praised the service provided by the Lounge to all military servicemen and women passing through T.F. Green Airport. The Lounge is the brainchild of the non-profit Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO) and is patterned after similar lounges provided by the USO throughout the country. Since its inception in September of 2013, the Military Lounge at T.F. Green has provided service to more than 1,300 visitors. It expects to host 10,000 Armed Forces annually. Betty Leach, who chairs the RIMO Lounge committee, said the space provides refreshments, sundry items, entertainment, computer access and a respite of traveling for military members and their families. All staff members are unpaid volunteers and there is no charge to use the Lounge and its services. Space for the Lounge was provided by the R.I. Airport Corporation and is located on the departure level behind the Delta Airlines ticket counter. Pictured from left are: Rhonda Ziehl, RIMO Board of Directors; Vince Messina, MOAA SENE chapter V.P, and Betty Leach.