An expanded USO center at the Rock Island Arsenal will open today.

The 2,000-square-foot space serves as a “home away from home” and military community center operated by the USO of Illinois. The center features a meeting space and lounge, reading library and resource center, computer lab with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and gaming console, snacks and refreshments and a children’s play area.  The newly renovated space, adjacent to Army Community Services, will serve  active duty, National Guard and Reserve military and their families and retired military personnel.

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An open house will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. and a USO Discovery Kids event from 4-5:30 p.m. by Figge Art Museum called “Picture Our Littlest Heroes” where area military kids learn about the art of portraiture as they create their own works of art to take home.