• Chicago Recruiting Battalion executive officer Maj. Nate Johnson presents the Army's new premier education tool "March to Success" at the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 12. The program is currently in use and gaining widespread acceptance, as it is used to help prep students for their ACT/SAT tests. Johnson pointed out that it is not a recruiting tool. Two biggest problems facing kids today are obesity and test scores and the Army just wants to help and give back to the community. Approximately 50 COIs were in attendance at the Chicago Auto Show pre-screening event, including Maj. Gen. John Scully.

    Army Participates in 2009 Chicago Auto Show

    Chicago Recruiting Battalion executive officer Maj. Nate Johnson presents the Army's new premier education tool "March to Success" at the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 12. The program is currently in use and gaining widespread acceptance, as it is used to...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jason Harrison and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Beals, part of the “Mobile Exhibitor Drill Sergeant” Team, U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY, entertain some of the tens of thousands of attendees to the Army Exhibit area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show by announcing to the massive crowds, the number of accurately performed sit-ups by a willing volunteer of one of many physical fitness contests in the Army Strong! Zone Exhibit area.  The Chicago Auto Show is the largest one in North America, utilizing over 1.3 Million square feet and over two million spectators to the 10 – day show.  Harrison and Beals were guests of the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion that placed all the army assets in the show.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Sgt. 1st Class Jason Harrison and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Beals, part of the “Mobile Exhibitor Drill Sergeant” Team, U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY, entertain some of the tens of thousands of attendees to the Army Exhibit area at the...

  • Attendees at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, Army Strong! Zone Exhibit area; continuously challenge Soldiers working the show to push-ups on the spot, as many of the tens of thousands of auto show attendees look on.  Displaying their physical fitness prowess in this photo are Sgt. 1st Class Jason Harrison, “Mobile Exhibitor Drill Sergeant” Team, U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY, and LTC Ed Box, CDR, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion.  The USAREC Chicago Battalion supplied all the assets at the show and hosted hundreds of Soldiers from all over the country to assist.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Attendees at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, Army Strong! Zone Exhibit area; continuously challenge Soldiers working the show to push-ups on the spot, as many of the tens of thousands of auto show attendees look on. Displaying their physical fitness...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jason Harrison and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Beals, part of the “Mobile Exhibitor Drill Sergeant” Team, U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY, count the number of pull-ups performed by a willing spectator in the Army Strong! Zone area, at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show in front of the massive crowd.    The Chicago Auto Show is the largest one in North America, utilizing over 1.3 Million square feet and over two million spectators to the 10 – day show.  Harrison and Beals were guests of the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion that placed all the army assets in the show.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Sgt. 1st Class Jason Harrison and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Beals, part of the “Mobile Exhibitor Drill Sergeant” Team, U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY, count the number of pull-ups performed by a willing spectator in the Army Strong...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Kenyada Flowers, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview, IL Recruiting Company, reenlists in the Army Strong! Zone area, at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, in front some of the tens of thousands of attendees to the Army Exhibit area.  The ceremony was administered by the USAREC, 3rd Recruiting Brigade Chaplain, Fort Knox, KY, Major Homer V. Clearn.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Sgt. 1st Class Kenyada Flowers, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview, IL Recruiting Company, reenlists in the Army Strong! Zone area, at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, in front some of the tens of thousands of attendees to the Army...

  • Andrea Flowers, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Kenyada Flowers, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview, Ill., Recruiting Company, is presented a Certificate of Appreciation after he reenlisted at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show in the Army Strong! Zone exhibit area.  The Flowers’ two children, Eli-jah, 12 and Justin, 10, were also present at the ceremony, along with thousands of spectators at the largest auto show in North America.  The certificate is presented to the family by U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade, Brigade Chaplain, Maj. Homer V. McClearn, Fort Knox, Ky.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Andrea Flowers, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Kenyada Flowers, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview, Ill., Recruiting Company, is presented a Certificate of Appreciation after he reenlisted at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show in the Army...

  • United States Army Entertainment Team, Country Music Singer, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, autographs his CD for a fan after his performance in the Army Strong! Zone area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Buckley was at the largest auto show in North America, as a guest of the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, to help attract spectators to the Army Exhibit area, while entertaining thousands of attendees for two days at the show that attracted over two million.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    United States Army Entertainment Team, Country Music Singer, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, autographs his CD for a fan after his performance in the Army Strong! Zone area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Buckley was at the largest auto show in North...

  • United States Army Recruiting Entertainment Team, Country Music Singer, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, performs in the Army Strong! Zone area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Buckley played for two days the first weekend of the largest auto show in North America, helping to attract tens of thousands of spectators to the Army Strong! Zone exhibit area.  Buckley was at the show to support the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion that placed all the assets in the show.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    United States Army Recruiting Entertainment Team, Country Music Singer, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, performs in the Army Strong! Zone area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Buckley played for two days the first weekend of the largest auto show in North...

  • Rock Musician, Joe Cantafio, Barrington, IL, from the 101st Rock Division Band, entertains some of the tens of thousands of spectators in the Army Strong! Zone area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Cantafio performed eight shows for three days during the last weekend of the largest auto show in North America, February 20th thru the 22nd.  Cantafio was at the show to support the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion that an abundance of Army assets in the show.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Rock Musician, Joe Cantafio, Barrington, IL, from the 101st Rock Division Band, entertains some of the tens of thousands of spectators in the Army Strong! Zone area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Cantafio performed eight shows for three days during...

  • Rock Musician, Joe Cantafio, Barrington, IL, 101st Rock Division Band, autographs Army Strong! baseball caps after his performance in the Army Strong! Zone, at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Next to Cantafio are: U.S. Army Olympic Gold Medalists, Sgt. Walter Glenn Eller III and Spc. Vincent Hancock, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, autographing their photos for some of the tens of thousands of spectators to the largest auto show in North America.  Hancock won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games for Skeet Shooting and Eller won his gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Men’s Double Trap Shooting Competition. Next to the Olympians is “America’s Army Real Hero,” Sgt. 1st Class, John B Adams, from the America’s Army Video game, manning the Army Wheel of Fortune.  All four were at the auto show to support the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion that placed numerous Army assets in the show.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Rock Musician, Joe Cantafio, Barrington, IL, 101st Rock Division Band, autographs Army Strong! baseball caps after his performance in the Army Strong! Zone, at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Next to Cantafio are: U.S. Army Olympic Gold Medalists, Sgt...

  • A young spectator at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show challenges LTC Ed Box, Commander, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion and his Executive Officer, Maj. Nate Johnson, to push-ups in the Army Strong! Zone Exhibit area as his parents observe.  The USAREC Chicago Battalion arranged for all the assets at the largest auto show in North America with over two million attendees.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    A young spectator at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show challenges LTC Ed Box, Commander, United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion and his Executive Officer, Maj. Nate Johnson, to push-ups in the Army Strong! Zone Exhibit area as his parents observe...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Waychoff (left) Staff Sgt. Kenneth Moon (right), United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview, IL Recruiting Company, interview attendees at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show requesting information about joining the Army. USAREC had the booth in the Army Strong! Zone Exhibit area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  The largest auto show in North America, attracting over two million attendees, was very successful for USAREC, as they more than doubled their amount of leads from the show this year to 15,000 and conducted over 130 on-site interviews in this booth during the 10-day show. The Army's "Now Hiring, Ages 17 - 41" theme dominated the auto show’s 1.5 million square feet.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Waychoff (left) Staff Sgt. Kenneth Moon (right), United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview, IL Recruiting Company, interview attendees at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show requesting information about joining the Army...

  • United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion Soldier, Staff Sgt. David Chavez from the Lyons, IL Recruiting Station, patiently makes a dog tag for one of the tens of thousands of spectators that visited the Army Exhibit at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show that utilized over 1.3 Million square feet.  In the background is the IL Army National Guard Mobile Recruiting Office (MRO) van that was at the auto show as well.

    U.S. Army Participated in Chicago Auto Show

    United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion Soldier, Staff Sgt. David Chavez from the Lyons, IL Recruiting Station, patiently makes a dog tag for one of the tens of thousands of spectators that visited the Army Exhibit at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show...

  • United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion Soldiers serve the massive crowd making Army Dog tags for some of the tens of thousands of attendees to the Army Exhibit area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Auto Show attendees waited in line for hours to get their personalized tags after filling out cards with USAREC Soldiers and ROTC personnel from the University of IL, Chicago and Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.  USAREC more than doubled their amount of leads generated at the show from last year (7,000), with 15,000 leads attained this year and over 130 appointments conducted at their recruiting booth in the Army Exhibit area.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion Soldiers serve the massive crowd making Army Dog tags for some of the tens of thousands of attendees to the Army Exhibit area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Auto Show attendees waited in line for hours...

  • Chicago Recruiting Battalion executive officer Maj. Nate Johnson presents the Army's new premier education tool "March to Success" at the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 12. The program is currently in use and gaining widespread acceptance, as it is used to help prep students for their ACT/SAT tests. Johnson pointed out that it is not a recruiting tool. Two biggest problems facing kids today are obesity and test scores and the Army just wants to help and give back to the community. Approximately 50 COIs were in attendance at the Chicago Auto Show pre-screening event, including Maj. Gen. John Scully.

    Army Participates in 2009 Chicago Auto Show

    Chicago Recruiting Battalion executive officer Maj. Nate Johnson presents the Army's new premier education tool "March to Success" at the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 12. The program is currently in use and gaining widespread acceptance, as it is used to...

  • U.S. Army Humvees are displayed during the 2009 Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place complex on Feb. 13. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest in North America, utilizing 1.3 million square feet.

    Army Participates in 2009 Chicago Auto Show

    U.S. Army Humvees are displayed during the 2009 Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place complex on Feb. 13. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest in North America, utilizing 1.3 million square feet.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, U.S. Army Recruiting Command Entertainment Team, performs the National Anthem at the opening ceremony for the 2009 Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place complex, Feb. 13. This year marks the 101st edition of the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in the nation.

    Army Participates in 2009 Chicago Auto Show

    Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, U.S. Army Recruiting Command Entertainment Team, performs the National Anthem at the opening ceremony for the 2009 Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place complex, Feb. 13. This year marks the 101st edition of the Chicago...

  • Sgt. 1st Class John Adams, America’s Army Real Hero, signs autographs and gives away his action figure in the Army display at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show Sunday, Feb. 22. Adams received the Bronze Star with Valor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

    Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Sgt. 1st Class John Adams, America’s Army Real Hero, signs autographs and gives away his action figure in the Army display at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show Sunday, Feb. 22. Adams received the Bronze Star with Valor for actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom...

  • Visitors get a first hand look at a Bradley fighting vehicle system in the Army display area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show in downtown McCormick Place Convention Center. The auto show took place, Feb. 13-22, and attracted over 1.5 million visitors.

    Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Visitors get a first hand look at a Bradley fighting vehicle system in the Army display area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show in downtown McCormick Place Convention Center. The auto show took place, Feb. 13-22, and attracted over 1.5 million visitors.

  • Drill Sergeant Rodriguez, Mobile Drill Exhibitor Team, receives a certificate of appreciation from Lt. Col. John E. Box, Commander, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, for her participation in the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  The Mobile Drill Exhibitor Team conducted physical training tests during the 10 day event in the Army Strong! Zone at McCormick Place Convention center in downtown Chicago.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Drill Sergeant Rodriguez, Mobile Drill Exhibitor Team, receives a certificate of appreciation from Lt. Col. John E. Box, Commander, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, for her participation in the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. The Mobile Drill Exhibitor Team...

  • Local rock musician, Joe Cantafio, 101st Rock Division, performs for an audience in the Army Strong! Zone at the Chicago Auto Show, Sunday, February 22, 2009.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Local rock musician, Joe Cantafio, 101st Rock Division, performs for an audience in the Army Strong! Zone at the Chicago Auto Show, Sunday, February 22, 2009.

  • Olympic gold medalists, Spc. Vincent Hancock and Sgt. Walter Glenn Eller III, U.S. Army Marksmenship Unit, sign autographs at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show Sunday, February 22.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Olympic gold medalists, Spc. Vincent Hancock and Sgt. Walter Glenn Eller III, U.S. Army Marksmenship Unit, sign autographs at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show Sunday, February 22.

  • Staff Sgt. Leon Butler, bassist for the 399th Army Rock Band, UXO, and Staff Sgt. George Padilla, UXO drummer, performs at the Chicago Auto Show Army Strong! Zone Sunday, February 22, 2009.  The Chicago Auto Show is the largest in the nation, spanning over 1.3 million square feet and attracting over two million visitors throughout the 10 day event.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Staff Sgt. Leon Butler, bassist for the 399th Army Rock Band, UXO, and Staff Sgt. George Padilla, UXO drummer, performs at the Chicago Auto Show Army Strong! Zone Sunday, February 22, 2009. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest in the nation, spanning...

  • America’s Army Real Hero” Sergeant 1st Class, John B Adams, from the America’s Army Video game, signs his action figure at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Adams is an OIF II Veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor, from Hillsboro, IL, and was on hand at the largest auto show in North America to help attract visitors to the Army Exhibit and answer question about being a Soldier.

    U.S Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    America’s Army Real Hero” Sergeant 1st Class, John B Adams, from the America’s Army Video game, signs his action figure at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Adams is an OIF II Veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor, from Hillsboro, IL...

  • Soldiers hosted by the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, form up to receive certificates of appreciation for their involvement in the 10-day show in front of hundreds of auto show attendees.  Awards were administered by LTC Ed Box, CDR, Chicago Recruiting Battalion.  Included in the formation are two US Army Olympic Gold Medalists, Drill Sergeant’s from the “Mobile Exhibitor Drill Sergeant” Team, Chicagoland USAREC Soldiers and one of the eight “America’s Army Real Heroes,” from the America’s Army video game.  Behind the formation are auto show attendees trying out one of the assets at the Army Exhibit, the Rock Climbing Wall, with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle right next to it.  The CAS attracted roughly two million attendees.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Soldiers hosted by the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, form up to receive certificates of appreciation for their involvement in the 10-day show in front of hundreds of auto show attendees. Awards were...

  • Six-Time World Champion NHRA Dragster, Tony Schumacher, poses with some of his racing fans in the Army Strong! Zone exhibit area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.  Schumacher was on hand to sign autographs and assist the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion in attracting spectators to the Army exhibit area.  USAREC coordinated to have numerous Army assets and personnel at the largest auto show in North America.

    U.S. Army Participates in Chicago Auto Show

    Six-Time World Champion NHRA Dragster, Tony Schumacher, poses with some of his racing fans in the Army Strong! Zone exhibit area at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Schumacher was on hand to sign autographs and assist the United States Army Chicago...

The Chicago Recruiting Battalion hosted the annual Army Strong! Zone during the 10 day Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place Convention Center February 13-22, 2009. Filled with combat vehicles, flight simulators, helicopters, and chin-up bars, the display attracted tens of thousands of people.

As visitors made their way past HyundaiAca,!a,,cs and HummerAca,!a,,cs, SaabAca,!a,,cs and SubaruAca,!a,,cs, the Army Strong! Zone, covered in camouflage, and the signature yellow and black Army Strong! logo caught their attention. Visitors lined up to climb the two-story rock wall, test their flying skills in an Apache flight simulator, compete in physical training exercises led by the Mobile Drill Exhibiter Team, and create a custom-made dog tag. Aca,!A"[The Army zone] provided something fascinating and fun for the kids, and brought a smile to everyoneAca,!a,,cs faceAca,!A?, said Sgt. 1st Class Phillips, Chicago Recruiting Battalion.

Throughout the show, the Chicago Recruiting Battalion hosted senior Military officials, Army athletes, Army musicians, AmericaAca,!a,,cs Army Real Heroes and Chicago media personalities. According to Lt. Col. Ed Box, Commander, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, their participation in the nationAca,!a,,cs largest auto show increases Army awareness and creates a positive image of the Army and its Soldiers.

Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, U.S. Army Recruiting Command Entertainment Team, sang the National Anthem for the Opening Ceremony Friday, February 13. The opening ceremony was attended by Gov. Patrick Quinn and Secretary of State, Jesse White. Buckley also gave multiple performances throughout the weekend in the Army display area and greeted thousands of visitors as they shuffled in and out.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, conversed with Future Soldiers and local centers of influence, and conducted media interviews during his attendance at the Chicago Auto Show. He spoke about the importance of maintaining an interactive relationship between America and her Army and congratulated the Future Soldiers on their commitment to patriotism.

The show featured two Olympic Gold medalists from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Spc. Vincent Hancock and Sgt. Walter Glenn Eller III. Hancock and Eller signed autographs for hundreds of visitors on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23 while a few feet away, AmericaAca,!a,,cs Army Real Hero, Sgt. 1st Class John Adams, gave away signed copies of his action figure to eager kids.

The event also hosted Army Ambassador and Chicago TV personality, Merri Dee, who spoke to local High School students, Future Soldiers and signed autographs Monday, February 16. Dee discussed the satisfying and honorable work of a Soldier and spread awareness about the over 150 plus jobs available in the Army. Aca,!A"[The Chicago Auto Show] is a chance to show people the Army offers a great opportunity to have a good, secure jobAca,!A?, said Sgt. Will Mora, Chicago Recruiting Battalion.

The Chicago Recruiting BattalionAca,!a,,cs correlating advertising theme Aca,!A"Now Hiring, Ages 17-41Aca,!A? adorned the halls of the McCormick Place for the duration of the 10 day event and helped generate over 15,000 leads and 130 on-site appointments.

In addition, visitors to the Army display could see and learn about Future Combat SystemsAca,!a,,c Class IV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which was on exhibit in the Army Strong! Zone. A looping video distributed information to those passing by and familiarized the general public with the future of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs combat vehicles.

Whether stopping by to climb the rock wall, take a ride in the Apache simulator, have an Army Marksmen Olympic gold medalist sign an autograph, or talk with a recruiter about joining the Army, the Army Strong! Zone provided something for all one and half million visitors at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.

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