Square Recruiting Station
Bombing Causes Minor Damage
one was injured and only minor structural damage was reported
after a bomb went off
the Armed Forces Recruiting
Station in New York City’s Times Square early this morning.
went off at about 3:45 a.m., cracking the glass door, bending the door frame
and shattering the large glass window in front of the station, said
Army Capt. Charlie Jacquillard, the commander for the six Army recruiting
stations in Manhattan.
jointly manned by Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps recruiters,
is possibly the most well-known recruiting station in the world.
troops are dedicating to carrying out our mission despite obstacles
or adversity,” Jacquillard said. “We will demonstrate
strength of character by remaining open despite this incident.”
Corps of Engineers, New York District, has begun assessing
damage for immediate repair to get the station back to operation
as soon as possible.
recruiting station commander, Army Sgt. 1st Class James Latella
said he is very happy to be opening tomorrow to demonstrate
to the public that his troops’ mission will continue
on as usual.
not confirmed as a deliberate act against the U.S. Army or
military in general, our soldiers remain committed to their
recruiting mission and it’s our intent to have the Times
Square recruiting station reopened as soon as possible,” said
Army Col. Michael Negard, U.S Training and Doctrine Command
chief of Public Affairs.
of harassment and vandalism against military recruiters – in
the form of spitting, threatening words, graffiti and broken
windows – are not uncommon since many recruiters reside
in leased office buildings outside the confines of military
installations and are susceptible to personal attacks, Air
Force officials said.
is not the first time one of our offices has been used to demonstrate,
but violence is not tolerated and law enforcement officials
will find the perpetrator and prosecute,” said Brig.
Gen. Suzanne M. Vautrinot, Air Force Recruiting Service commander. “I
must commend Air Force officials for doing a superb job of
responding, reporting and accounting for their people.”
said that while the incident is being investigated, all Army
recruiting stations have been told to assume a higher level
federal authorities are investigating the bombing.
from the Air Force Recruiting Service and U.S. Army was used