Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Pittsburgh International Airport today unveiled a new Military and Family Courtesy Center, a space specifically designed for families of those in the military to say goodbye to their loved ones before they embark on their tour of duty. At the suggestion of the Airport Ambassador program, a group of about 75 volunteers who help people navigate the airport, the Allegheny County Airport Authority transformed an old phone room into the new Courtesy Room. The room is now complete with furniture and patriotic artwork. Airport Authority spokesperson JoAnn Jenny says the room allows families an extra half-hour together and gives them a private place to say goodbye. The Courtesy Center was formally opened today with a grand ceremony and ribbon cutting by Brad Penrod, Airport Authority Executive Director with members of the military and local politicians in attendance, as well.