The U.S. Military Reopens Its Times Square Recruiting Station

The U.S. Military Reopens Its Times Square Recruiting Station

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives of all United States military services were on hand Friday, November 10, for the grand re-opening of the busiest walk-in recruiting station in the country at the "crossroads of the world," Times Square, New York City.

Reps of all United States military services cut the ceremonial ribbon for the reopening of the Times Square recruiting station. From left to right; LTC Judd Floris, Commander, NYC Army Recruiting Battalion; COL Ivan Monclova, Commander, 1st Marine Corp District; MG Garrett Harencak, Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service; COL Robert Hailey, Acting Deputy Commander North Atlantic Division, US Army Corps of Engineers; CDR Christian Gaskill, Commander, Navy Recruiting District New York. (Photo credit: James D'Ambrosio, Public Affairs Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District)

Established in 1946, the station has undergone a renovation to modernize the building to make it more conducive for interviews and discussions with individuals considering joining the Military.

"We are happy to be here in the heart of New York City, on the day before we honor veterans across the nation, to celebrate the reopening of the Times Square Recruiting Station," said Stephanie Miller, Director of Military Accession Policy for the Department of Defense. "This is an iconic building in a truly iconic location, and the updates made to this building will allow our recruiters to better serve the community.  This station is just one of the 3,500 recruiting stations located throughout the country that help to recruit the 250,000 young men and women each year to serve in our All-Volunteer Force."

Located at 200 West 43rd Street, in the middle of Times Square, the station is often referred to as the most well-known recruiting station in the country and was the nation's first joint armed forces recruiting station. In 2006, the Municipal Art Society of New York City designated the building one of "30 under 30": one of 30 buildings built in the past 30 years deemed worthy of landmark status. 

To mark this occasion, representatives of all Services took part in cutting the ceremonial ribbon including:

  • Major General Garrett Harencak, Commander, Air Force Recruiting Services
  • Lieutenant Colonel Judd Floris, Commander, New York City Army Recruiting Battalion
  • Commander Christian Gaskill, Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District New York
  • Colonel Ivan I. Monclova, Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Corps District
  • Colonel Robert Hailey, Acting Deputy Commander North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Every day, the station serves as an office for military recruiters to interview applicants and eventually enlist the future members of the U.S. armed forces. The building is synonymous with iconic celebrations to end World War II or Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines waiting to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve. With the renovations made, this state-of-the-art recruiting station in Times Square will shine brighter under the backdrop of Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force heraldry, as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

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