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Marines returning from Afghanistan get hurri ed, impromptu welcome at Chicago’s O’Hare air port
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:08:01 +0000 (UTC)


[This is the USO I can usually be found at when not working away on InfoSec News, Great to see a neat news story about the center! - WK]

By Associated Press
November 6, 2013

CHICAGO -- It didn’t matter that the 13 Marines on their way home from Afghanistan had been fighting in a war that no longer dominates the news or that they were stopping only for a short time in Chicago before flying to San Diego.

When USO volunteer John Colas heard with just an hour’s notice that the Marines’ plane was bearing down on Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, he and others scrambled to make sure they got a hero's welcome.

"We want these kids coming home to realize that they haven't been forgotten," said Colas, a 74-year-old former Marine.

The reception started with a water salute in which their plane taxied underneath an arch of water from fire truck hoses.

The Marines, who had spent the better part of five days getting on and off planes to get home from the other side of the world, were then met by a small crowd of cheering USO volunteers, firefighters, police officers and airport workers as they walked into the terminal.

A short time later, boarding another jet for San Diego, the Marines learned that American Airlines -- which has a policy to upgrade servicemen and women in uniform whenever possible -- had six empty seats in first class for the group.


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