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Story by: Spc. Jimmy Bedgood - HQ, 42nd Infantry Division
Dated: Mon, Sep 13, 2010
QUEENSBURY SOLDIER READINESS CENTER -- With the New York Army National Guard, it still comes down to location, location, location.
To let the community here near Glens Falls, N.Y. learn more about the new Soldier Readiness Center and careers with the New York Army National Guard, the 466th Area Medical Support Company and the 1427th Medium Truck Company supported a Recruiting and Retention event featuring some of today’s most popular video games on Saturday, Sept. 11.
The free event gave local students and game enthusiasts an incentive to visit the new Soldier Readiness Center and compete in electronic game tournaments to win prizes.
The exhibit included over 30 electronic gaming stations, with 19” and 42” HD flat screen monitors featuring Nintendo, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles.
Games included all the most popular current titles, including "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011," "Transformers: War for Cybertron," "Iron Man 2," "Skate 3," "Red Dead: Redemption," "UFC Undisputed 2010," "NCAA Football 11" and "Madden NFL 11."
The afternoon competition including "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."
The former New York State Armory was centrally located in downtown Glens Falls. The new Soldier Readiness Center is the community’s new military spot since August 2009, although it is .
"If we build it, they will come," said Sgt. Arthur P. Coon, Recruiting and Retention NCO at the new center. “Our goal is just to get people here.”
The daylong event, called The Interactive Gaming Experience, helped spread the word about the Soldier Readiness Center and the New York Army National Guard units that use the site.
“In this era of intense demands on the United States military, the mission of recruiting outstanding men and women as the New York Army National Guard’s future officers and enlistees is one of the most important contributions we make to this nation and its security,” said Ed Smith, the Recruiting Command’s Marketing Specialist.