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Florida Air National Guard Recruiters are now community based.

Brig. Gen. Joseph Blaskus, Commander of the Florida Air National Guard, participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 8, 2009, to celebrate the opening of the first store front Air National Guard recruiting office in the state of Florida.  The office is located in Jacksonville Florida. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Carver)

Brig. Gen. Joseph Blaskus, Commander of the Florida Air National Guard, participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 8, 2009, to celebrate the opening of the first store front Air National Guard recruiting office in the state of Florida. The office is located in Jacksonville Florida. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Carver)

Brig. Gen. Joseph Blaskus, Commander of the Florida Air National Guard, tours the new ANG Recruiting office on July 8, 2009 it is the first  store front Air National Guard recruiting office in the state of Florida.  The office is located in Jacksonville Florida. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Carver)

Brig. Gen. Joseph Blaskus, Commander of the Florida Air National Guard, tours the new ANG Recruiting office on July 8, 2009 it is the first store front Air National Guard recruiting office in the state of Florida. The office is located in Jacksonville Florida. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Carver)

Florida Air National Guard Recruiters and staff cut a cake on July 8, 2009 to celebrate the opening of the first store front Air National Guard recruiting office in the state of Florida.  The office is located in Jacksonville Florida. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Carver)

Florida Air National Guard Recruiters and staff cut a cake on July 8, 2009 to celebrate the opening of the first store front Air National Guard recruiting office in the state of Florida. The office is located in Jacksonville Florida. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Carver)

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 8, 2009 to celebrate the grand opening of the first and only "Store Front" Air National Guard recruiting office in Florida -- Assistant Adjutant General and Florida Air National Guard Commander, Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Balskus, was on hand for the festivities. After cutting the ribbon and touring the new office, Brig. Gen. Balskus said the more accessible facility "gives recruiting that community connection and is ushering in a new era in FLANG recruiting."
The new office is located at 11915 Beach Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida and will give the recruiters and prospective recruits in the community easier access to one another.
The push for storefront recruiting offices began after September 11, 2001, when bases began to tighten security and it became harder for civilians to enter a military installation. There are currently 50 storefront recruiting offices nationwide for the Air National Guard.