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Soldiers and airmen with Joint Task Force Empire Shield stand in formation at Fort Hamilton. Afterward, they will spend the day standing guard in one of several transit hubs around New York City with the goal of detecting and deterring terrorism. (Photo by Todd Lopez, August 2016)

Historic Fort Hamilton is in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by the communities of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, which places the fort in the middle of the New York City metropolitan area. Fort Hamilton houses the U.S. Army NYC Recruiting Battalion; the N.Y. Military Entrance Processing Station; and the North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is also home to the 1179th Deployment Support Brigade, 77th Regional Readiness Command and New York Army National Guard Task Force Empire Shield. Fort Hamilton serves as a power projection platform in the New York City metropolitan area as well.

Because of its unique location, Fort Hamilton is a combined community comprised of active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard members; reserve members; retired military; DOD appropriated and non-appropriated fund employees; contractors; and family members.


U.S. Army New York City Recruiting Battalion

The NYC Recruiting Battalion enlists qualified volunteers from New York City and Long Island to maintain the strength of the Army and nation while maintaining care and commitment to soldiers, civilians and families. Through actions, words and values, the battalion aims to inspire the most intelligent, innovative, and adaptive young men and women of New York City and Long Island to become “soldiers for life” in the United States Army.

New York Military Entrance Processing Station

The New York MEPS is one of the two largest MEPS in the United States. It is one of a network of 65 MEPS located nationwide and in Puerto Rico. The mission of the New York MEPS is to process individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services, based on DOD-approved peacetime and mobilization standards. Three primary areas are considered in determining an applicant’s qualifications for enlistment: aptitude for military service, physical qualification and a background evaluation screening.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division

The North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a robust team that executes the diverse missions of the Army Corps throughout 14 states in the northeast and throughout Europe, Africa and anywhere in the world they are needed. The division is headquartered at Fort Hamilton.

The division provides engineering, construction, project management and contracting services to plan, design, build, operate and maintain projects to support the military, protect America’s water resources, and restore and enhance the environment. The work includes projects for international, federal, state, and local governments and agencies. Projects improve living conditions and readiness for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force at more than 50 U.S. military installations in the northeast and throughout Europe. Most recently, this included more than $7 billion of work in support of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure program.

As funded by Congress, the division maintains and improves federal navigation channels in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Norfolk harbors and supports the American public with flood risk management and hurricane and storm risk mitigation projects such as dams, levees and floodwalls. When called upon, the division works with FEMA on disaster response.

As leaders of the National Planning Center of Expertise for Coastal Storm Risk Management, the division continually seeks to develop, maintain and apply the best national and regional expertise in science and engineering to protect our coastlines. The division also prides itself on being good stewards of the lands and waters at corps water resources projects. Their natural resources management mission is to manage and conserve natural resources, consistent with the ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations.

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