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September 16, 2015
Contact: Jenny Wedge
(949) 252-5182

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Today, John Wayne Airport (JWA) launches a yearlong celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Over the next 12 months, on the 16th day of the month, JWA will feature people, programs and history from the past 25 years to highlight the important role the Terminal and Airport play in the Orange County community.

JWA is starting the celebration by recognizing the man for whom the Terminal is named: Thomas F. Riley. A retired Marine Corps Brigadier General, Thomas F. Riley served 20 years on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Terminal was named after the former Fifth District Supervisor whose role in community negotiations resulted in the landmark John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement and, ultimately, in construction of the Terminal complex.

Thomas Riley in front of Terminal, 1990
Thomas Riley in front of Terminal, 1990

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the Airport’s website and social media sites on the 16th of each month to learn about the rich 25-year history of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal featuring airlines, art, concessions, employees, and travel and tourism.

For more information about the Thomas F. Riley Terminal, visit

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