New Guard office in NM 'super busy'
The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A larger storefront has helped the New Mexico National Guard recruiting and retention battalion attract more attention among young folks in Rio Rancho.
National Guard leaders and local officials held a ribbon-cutting this week to celebrate the opening of a new recruiting office at 1137 Commercial Drive, Suite 101.
The new location offers more space, about 2,100 square feet — compared with around 1,500 square feet in the old office at 2501 Southern Blvd. — and more exposure to the young adult demographic that the National Guard is interested in, said Sgt. First Class Paul Modesto, who staffs the recruiting center.
The office is near the Premiere Cinema movie theater, and restaurants like Cold-stone Creamery and Five Guys at Southern and Unser.
“We’ve been super busy,” Modesto said.
The Guard recruits men and women ages 17 to 35 years who have graduated from high school or equivalent, and who are interested in continuing their education and staying in their home area while serving.
Recruits serve in transportation, infantry, engineering, maintenance or military police units which perform primarily humanitarian service, Modesto said.
New Mexico National Guard provided assistance to citizens affected by forest fires and floods this summer, and it also helps with border security, he said.