Soldiers and airmen with Joint Task Force Empire Shield stand in formation at Fort Hamilton. Afterward, they will spend the day standing guard in one of several transit hubs around New York City with the goal of detecting and deterring terrorism. (Photo by Todd Lopez, August 2016)
Historic Fort Hamilton is in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by the communities of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, which places the fort in the middle of the New York City metropolitan area. Fort Hamilton houses the U.S. Army NYC Recruiting Battalion; the N.Y. Military Entrance Processing Station; and the North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is also home to the 1179th Transportation Brigade. Fort Hamilton is also the home of the New York City Recruiting Battalion, the Military Entrance Processing Station, the North Atlantic Division Headquarters of the US Army Corp of Engineers, the 1179th Deployment Support Brigade, 77th Regional Readiness Command, and New York Army National Guard Task Force Empire Shield. Fort Hamilton also supports many Reserve and National Guard units. For more information, go to the Fort Hamilton homepage.
Because of its unique location, Fort Hamilton is a combined community comprised of active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard members; reserve members; retired military; DOD appropriated and non-appropriated fund employees; contractors; and family members. Additionally, a great number of off post military, reservists, veterans and a large population of retirees also draw support from Fort Hamilton.