US Army 2nd Recruiting Brigade
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command
was activated on October 1, 1964. It was made up of personnel previously
assigned to the various Army recruiting services.
Third Army Recruiting Service,
located at Fort McPherson, Georgia, became the Third Recruiting District
responsible for the recruiting effort in the southeastern portion of the United
States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Third Recruiting
District first opened its doors in a strip shopping center on Virginia Avenue
in College Park and was under the command of Colonel David Benton.
In 1974, Third Recruiting District
was renamed the Southeast Region Recruiting Command and shortly thereafter
relocated to Building 101, Fort Gillem, Georgia.
In 1983, the command was
redesignated as the U.S. Army 2nd Recruiting Brigade and, one year later, moved
to Building 841, originally an Army service club built in 1942. It is
officially known as McKibben Hall. The brigade had it renamed in honor of
the late Sgt. Ray McKibben of Felton, Georgia. McKibben received the Medal
of Honor as a member of Troop B, 7th Squadron (Airmobile), 17th Cavalry, losing
his life in action in Vietnam in 1968.
On 14 October 2008, due to a BRAC
decision, the U.S. Army 2d Recruiting Brigade was relocated to 3435 Snooper
Road, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama 35898.
Over its nearly 40-year history,
the 2d Brigade has had its boundaries changed many times to include territory
as far south as the Panama Canal Zone and as far north as the Canadian
border. The current area of responsibility covers all or part of 10
southeastern states plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.