OSO Manhattan Moves To Intrepid
By Staff Sgt Matt Olivolo
| | May 08, 2002
NEW YORK --
It is difficult to describe the implications of the terrorists' attacks on Sept. 11 for both New York City and Washington D.C. However, in addition to the thousands of victims lost that day businesses in the immediate vicinity of the World Trade Center had to relocate or simply close.
In the long list of businesses that were affected, the Marine Officer Selection Office (OSO), 1st Marine Corps District, located on 170 Broadway, just a few blocks from the WTC, had to be closed due to sustaining severe damages to the foundation of the building.
As a result, the two Marine Captains Frank Diorio and Colin Crosby along with the Officer Selection Assistants (OSA) Sgt Jason Velez and GySgt Billy Mingo had to pack up their belongings and move. They relocated to a temporary office at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. With one phone and two computers and a small cubicle to work out of, they managed to over write contracts in almost every aspect.
"We simply had to step up to the plate regardless of the situation caused by 9-11," explained Diorio. "District couldn't change their mission based on the fact that we didn't have an office to work out of."
After several months of not having an actual office to call home, they managed to work a deal with the staff at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, where they are now open for business nearly eight months after the attack. The Intrepid is located on the west side of Manhattan, Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Ave.
"Now that we do have an office, I think we have the best OSO office in the country," said Crosby.
"This is the only OSO office that has their own aircraft carrier and flight simulator," explained Col. Tom Tyrrell, 1MCD Commanding Officer.
The grand opening for the OSO Manhattan office was May 8, where the President and CEO of the Intrepid, LtGen. Martin Steele, (USMC ret.) was in attendance and was happy to have the Marines on board.
"Since the first year this ship was commissioned in 1943 to the year it was decommissioned in 1974, there has always been a Marine detachment aboard," said LtGen. Steele. "Now, once again we have Marines on board and it is keeping with the mission of the Intrepid inspiring youth to take a look at the Armed Services and at the same time show them that freedom doesn't come free."
Given OSO Manhattan's performance overcoming enormous obstacles, one can only imagine the possibilities they are capable of now that they have an actual office.
For more information about the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum visit them online at http://www.intrepidmuseum.org.