New military lounge opens at Jacksonville International Airport

Lounge located in site of former United Service Organization center

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority on Wednesday officially opened a new military lounge at Jacksonville International Airport for active-duty service members. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Aviation Authority on Wednesday officially opened a new military lounge at Jacksonville International Airport for active-duty service members.

The military lounge is located on the baggage claim level in the site of the former United Service Organization center at JAX — which closed in October.

JAA refurbished and updated the space, while Rotary Club of North Jacksonville, United Way of Northeast Florida’s Mission United and the Veterans Council of Duval County helped to coordinate volunteers to staff the lounge.

“With Northeast Florida’s deep ties to the military community, having a designated lounge area for service men and women was incredibly important to us,” JAA CEO Mark VanLoh said. “So many service members travel through our airport. We wanted them to have a space in our terminal where they could feel at home.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at the military lounge can apply here.