A celebration was held for the Army's 234th birthday on July 11, 2009 at Daley Plaza in Chicago, IL. The Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Illinois and the MEPCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor delivered the keynote speeches while the 85th Division Band accompanied them with patriotic music. A Medal of Honor recipient administered the Oath of Enlistment to group of Future Soldiers followed by a cake cutting ceremony the included the Medal of Honor recipient Ms. Illinois 2008, the MEPCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor and a Future Soldier.
South Bend Company hosts high school football combine
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Chicago Recruiting Battalion’s South Bend Company is serious about high school football. Maybe it’s the Notre Dame Fighting Irish influence or the fact that the company headquarters is next door to the College Football Hall of Fame.
South Bend’s Company Commander, Capt. Wesley Lewis, found a unique way to reach out to the local high school football players and coaches by coordinating the 1st Annual Northern Indiana Regional Football Combine at South Bend’s School Field on May 21, Armed Forces Day.
The U.S. Army Chicago Recruiting Company went looking for some Army Strong candidates during the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic.
The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic has been a Chicago institution since its initial run in 1929 and is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States. As parades go, the Billiken event is only surpassed by the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Organizers estimate that over two million people lined the route for this year’s parade.
Army representatives from the 47th Street Station held a fitness challenge competition, that mirrored the Soldiers’ semi-annual Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), during the picnic. The Billiken participants squared off in two-minute increments to do push-ups and sit-ups and then ran a 40-yard sprint. Picnic organizers offered cash prizes for the winners of the three groups that include ages 14 to 17; 18 to 21; and 22 and over.
Army Recruiting exhibit at Chicago Auto Show pays off in community good will and prospects
CHICAGO, Ill. - The 2011 Chicago Auto Show 10-day run at the McCormick Place Convention Center is over. And based on the numbers, the Auto Show far exceeded the local organizers expectations and the Army Accessions Command’s goals in visitors, leads generated and on-site interviews conducted at the Army exhibit. Projections showed that the Auto show drew 10 percent more guests than last year.
The Army’s 12,000 square foot booth was a joint effort involving a number of Army units including the Accessions Command G-7/9 National Conventions Division, the Chicago Army Recruiting Battalion, the Chicago Army Medical Recruiting Department (AMEDD) and local ROTC units. Vehicle support was provided by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) that brought in two diesel hybrid trucks. The Tank Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM), headquartered in Warren Mich., provided a Stryker and subject matter experts. Army Sgt. 1st Class Don O’Neil, a local AMEDD recruiter, brought his own personal vehicle to the show – a 1,300 plus horsepower nitro-methane burning, 200-plus mile-per-hour dragster.
The Army vehicles on display fit in nicely with the Auto Show’s emphasis on “green” technology. The Quantum Technologies Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) and the Future Tactical Truck System (FTTS) represent the Army initiative to provide next generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and high performance light duty off-road hybrid trucks.
The CERV’s target mission, according to Quantum, “would be related to special operations-type missions involving reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, search and rescue and assist with field rescue operations.”