SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2008 -- San Diego's active-duty military and their families can enjoy some relaxation and comfort at the newly renovated United Service Organizations (USO) Downtown Center. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) joined forces with the USO and local businesses to remodel the center, unveiling the high-tech 18,000-square-foot facility today with a ceremony and tour.
"For many active-duty service men and women, USO San Diego is their home away from home and a popular place to spend time with friends and family," said Tim Verhoef, acting CEO for USO San Diego, in front of more than 100 guests and representatives from local military and government agencies. "Northrop Grumman and its employees are commended for their hard work in making this renovation possible."
The Downtown Center now boasts new amenities such as a state-of-the-art computer lab, fireplace, pool table lighting and kitchen, as well as fresh paint throughout the entire facility and updated furniture, movie room, library and playroom.
"Northrop Grumman is committed to the communities in which our employees live and work. We are especially proud of our work with the USO to enhance the quality of life for San Diego's active-duty military men and women," said Gene Fraser, vice president and deputy for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "The 4,000 Northrop Grumman employees in San Diego are honored to do their part to provide a more welcoming place for local and visiting military members and their families."
USO renovations were made possible thanks in part from Northrop Grumman employee and company contributions totaling more than $100,000, and from other local corporate supporters, including Sony Corporation, KST Micro, G.L. Foster Construction, Chula Vista Electric, DB Electric, Cox Cable, and Sprint Corporation.
The Downtown Center is open year-round and serves more than 150,000 patrons annually. The center gives active-duty military personnel and their families their own home away from home where they can watch television, play pool, e-mail friends, read or just relax. All services are provided to active-duty military and their families free of charge.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
CONTACT: Sudi Bruni, Northrop Grumman (858) 592-3407 firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Pagano, USO San Diego (619) 235-6503 email@example.com