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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 174-12
March 12, 2012

Final R&R Flight to Arrive at DFW Airport March 14th; Army to Consolidate R&R Operations

            The Army announced today it will officially close the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Personnel Assistance Point (PAP) with a ceremony on March 14th, marking the arrival of the last Rest and Recuperation (R&R) flight that will use that airport as a hub for service members returning from theater on R&R. 

            The Army announced in January it would consolidate operations with the Atlanta PAP by April 1, 2012.  The consolidation is a response to a decrease in the number of deployed service members traveling between the United States and theaters of operation in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

            The USO facility at Dallas-Fort Worth will remain open and provide assistance to service members and their families traveling through the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. 

            Commemoration began earlier in March to recognize the tremendous support provided by the Dallas-Fort Worth community and thousands of volunteers who welcomed and supported deployed soldiers and civilians traveling there between the United States and theaters of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

            Media interested in covering the arrival of the final flight at DFW Airport please contact David Magana at 972-973-5554.  For questions pertaining to the DFW Personnel Assistance Point closure please contact Hank Minitrez at 703-693-1854.  

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