JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
The Navy Recruiting District San Antonio was decommissioned and re-established as Navy Talent Acquisition Group, or NTAG, San Antonio during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at NTAG headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Oct. 1.
“Over the last few years, Navy Recruiting Command has been transforming its NRDs into NTAGs,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jesse Eldridge, NRD San Antonio’s transformation chief petty officer.
“Traditionally, recruiters were responsible for seeking applicants through various prospecting methods, collecting all necessary application forms, and mentoring them through the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program, or DEP, until their departure for Recruit Training Command,” Eldridge said. “With the new NTAG model, recruiters will be assigned one particular segment. One of the reasons behind transformation was to create a better quality of life for those assigned to recruiting duty.”
Under the new structure, NTAG San Antonio will possess two Talent Acquisition Operations Centers, or TAOC: TAOC Alamo City based in San Antonio and TAOC Capital City based in Austin.
NRD San Antonio was established in January 1972 with Cmdr. H.J. Steffes as commanding officer. Cmdr. Nicholas Gamiz will serve as the NRD’s final commander and NTAG San Antonio’s first commanding officer.
“This is the best command in all Navy Recruiting,” Gamiz said. “The Sailors, civilians, and contractors make this command successful. And we will be even more successful under the NTAG model.”
NTAG San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes more than 30 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.