MCRC stands up Recruiting Station Fort Worth
By Sgt. Sandra K. Chiaravallotti
| | July 12, 2002
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. --
In late 2000, the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Headquarters Marine Corps, made the decision to restructure Marine Corps Recruiting boundaries as the U.S. population shifts toward the West.
A decision was made to close Recruiting Station Little Rock and open a new recruiting station.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area had grown so much in population, HQMC made the decision to split the area into two recruiting stations. As a result, the doors to Recruiting Station Fort Worth opened during an assumption of command ceremony July 1.
The staff gathered in formation as Maj. James T. Iulo took command of the new station. His executive officer is Capt. Christopher L. Holloway, while Sgt. Maj. Martin J. Klucik serves as the RS sergeant major.
"It is a rare occasion that a new unit is established in the Marine Corps," said Maj. Iulo. "It is exciting to be involved in the conception of RS Fort Worth and an honor to be the first commanding officer."
The opening of RS Fort Worth caused significant changes to 8th Marine Corps District's boundaries.
The new station picked up the following substations from its nearby neighbor, RS Dallas: substations Abilene, Arlington, Ft. Worth, Irving, Killeen, Lewisville, Mid Cities, Waco, Weatherford and Wichita Falls. It also acquired Recruiting Substation San Angelo from RS San Antonio, and Permanent Contact Station Ardmore from RS Oklahoma City.
The new recruiting station covers 64,942.04 square miles and currently has 42 recruiters and 11 noncommissioned officers-in-charge supporting its mission - to ship approximately 800 applicants to the Marine Corps Recruit Depots in California and South Carolina each year.
"We are responsible for providing the recruit depots with the best qualified young men and women," said Iulo. "We take this responsibility very seriously."
Iulo came to RS Fort Worth from Headquarters Bn., First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was the assistant plans officer, G-3.
The commanding officer of former RS Little Rock, Maj. Christopher Grooms is attending Command and Staff College in Quantico, Va.