Military Courtesy Room hits huge milestone

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For a long time, soldiers waiting for flights at Hancock  International airport couldn’t do much more than hang around, waiting.  

More than 10,000 members of the Armed Forces come through the airport every year, and nine years ago, two TSA  agents noticed those heroes deserved some attention.

“They were in here laying on the floor, waiting for a ride or waiting for a flight.  And it was just something that we should do for our soldiers,” said Tina Jenks, a Courtesy Room board member.   

The answer grew into the Corporal Gregory Harris Military Courtesy Room on the north concourse.  

Over 100,000 people have visited the courtesy room. 

“Just having a place where we know we’ll have a WiFi connection, or there’ll be something to drink and a comfortable chair, is really important in the experience of flying,” said Lt. Cmdr. Phil Lieberman. 

There are military lounges at many airports, but this is one of only seven or eight staffed entirely through volunteers and donations. 

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