• The National Conference Center Completes 'Operation Allies Welcome' Mission

     
    POSTED October 3, 2022
     
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Conference center concludes largest humanitarian mission to date.

The National Conference Center, a 265,000-square-foot meeting and conference facility in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Dulles International Airport, completed its contract with the U.S. government supporting the second phase of the Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) mission. In March 2022, The National Conference Center (NCC) began performing a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense providing lodging and food to Afghan allies looking to resettle and start new lives in the United States.

“I can't say enough about my team and all that they have accomplished throughout these past months, and the immense gratitude for the ongoing support from the community,” says John Walsh, general manager of The National Conference Center. “We could not have done this without the aid of our civic leaders and the partnerships with various organizations throughout Loudoun County. This effort was about putting our best foot forward in a critical time, and we could not be more honored to have played a small part in the transition of thousands of our allies as they begin their new lives throughout the nation.”

OAW is the U.S. government’s effort to support and resettle Afghan nationals, including those who aided the U.S. for the past two decades in Afghanistan, in the United States. These allies included journalists, human rights activists, humanitarian workers, and those who supported the U.S. military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan, and often took significant safety risks to do so.

Upon completion of the mission, more than 4,500 allies had passed through The National Conference Center.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2022, the conference center will return to normal business operations of hosting meetings, conferences, and gatherings.

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