Home theater, gaming stations, new kitchen await Yokosuka sailors at renovated USO

Service members make use of the gaming stations inside the newly renovated USO at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES
Service members make use of the gaming stations inside the newly renovated USO at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES

Home theater, gaming stations, new kitchen await Yokosuka sailors at renovated USO

by Christian Lopez
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A 1½-year-old renovation project concluded recently with the grand reopening of Yokosuka’s USO, which now features a fancy kitchen, gaming areas and an 85-inch television with theater-style seating.

“There’re USOs all over the world, which serve sailors and their families just like this, but what you’ve done with this renovation, when you walk through this door, it feels just like home,” base commander Capt. Rich Jarrett said during Friday’s event.

The nonprofit USO renovates its centers every seven to 10 years, according to USO area operations manager Danielle Haley. The Yokosuka branch closed its doors in late 2018 and reopened Friday with newly installed, dark-brown hardwood floors, banks of televisions with gaming chairs, two new bathrooms for a total four and a full-size kitchen with accompanying island.

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