WAKE FOREST — Marine recruiters last week opened a new contact station in Wake Forest where potential recruits can learn more about joining the corps.
Recruiters have long had a presence in the area, but the new station puts them closer to the fast-growing communities in and around Wake Forest.
Gunnery Sgt. Baron Rice, who heads the Marines’ Raleigh recruiting substation, said the new station should shine a spotlight on the presence of the recruiters, with the goal of making it easier for community members to interact with them.
“The recruiter can leave his office and immediately be seen,” he said.
Rice said he hopes the recruiters also can be mentors to local students, pointing out the opportunities that are available to them if they remain out of trouble.
In northern Wake, the recruiters will focus on three high schools: Wake Forest, Wakefield and Heritage.
The station recruiters also will work in Vance, Warren and Franklin counties.
Staff Sgt. Frank Montejano, originally from Southern California, and Sgt. Donald Corey, originally from Ellerbee, N.C., will staff the new contact station located at 10425 Ligon Mill Road.
The Wake Forest contact station is expected to recruit about 35 young men and women each year.
Both Montejano and Corey said they’re looking forward to being closer to the communities they recruit from and getting to know potential recruits.
“You get to meet a lot of people and help them achieve their dreams,” Corey said.
The station also will be a location each year for the Toys for Tots drive.
Recruiting Station Raleigh covers an area from the coast to the Blue Ridge Mountains and includes 13 recruiting substations, one officer selection site and 20 permanent contact stations.
A team of nearly 100 works in the area. Each year they recruit more than 900 future Marines and select more than 40 officer candidates.