Delaware Air National Guard opens first off-site Career Center and Recruiting Office - Ribbon cutting in Newark on April 4th

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On Friday, April 4, at 2 p.m., the Delaware Air National Guard will celebrate the grand opening of the first Delaware ANG Career Center and Recruiting Office in the state. The facility is located at 250 South Main St., Suite 108, Newark, Del. (Rittenhouse Station). Newark Mayor Polly Sierer and senior leaders of the Delaware National Guard will attend and cut the ceremonial ribbon.

This is the first such facility located outside of the New Castle Air Guard Base since the unit's founding in 1946. The National Guard Bureau has provided approximately $250,000 in federal funding to stand up the facility.

"The Newark location allows us to strengthen our historically close ties with the greater Newark area and makes us more accessible to residents of the Eastern Shore of Md. and southeastern Pa.," said Senior Master Sgt. Mike Davis, recruiting and retention superintendent, Delaware ANG. "We want to be part of the new development underway on South Main St. and capitalize on the proximity to the Univ. of Delaware campus."

Brigadier Gen. Carol Timmons, assistant adjutant general for air, Delaware National Guard, said, "This new facility allows us to reach many more people face-to-face so they can better learn about the attractive training and educational opportunities the Air Guard provides. Our members have found that they can continue their civilian career or attend school full-time while serving their state and nation part-time while at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, located just 11-12 miles away from Newark's South Main Street."

The Delaware Air Guard recruiting team is actively taking calls from the public at (302) 323-3444. The facility will be staffed during regular business hours by the Delaware Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Team, recipients for two years running of the Air National Guard Patriot Team Award for Excellence in Recruiting as the best recruiting team in Air National Guard Region IV. The five-person team consists of recruiting office supervisor Master Sgt. Tanya Harris (named the 2013 ANG Recruiting Office Supervisor of the Year for Region IV), retention office manager Master Sgt. Sam Lewis, and recruiters Tech. Sgt. Terrence Parker, Tech. Sgt. Kristin Favors, and Staff Sgt. Desmond Overton.

"We're excited about having a footprint in the community that allows us to reach more people who might know very little about the Delaware Air National Guard and the training and benefits available to them," said Master Sgt. Harris.

DIRECTIONS: Turn onto Veterans Lane from South Main St. (the same road used to access the City of Newark Municipal Building), and turn left into the parking lot behind Rittenhouse Station. A pedestrian entrance to the Air Guard suite is adjacent to the parking lot. Rittenhouse Station has half-a-dozen tenants to include an Armed Forces Recruiting Center in the middle, and two restaurants (The Green Turtle and Jake's Wayback Burgers) at each end. Ample free parking is available.

The Delaware Air National Guard has over 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe. The Delaware ANG recruits year-round; people from age 17 to 39 may enlist in the unit.

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