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Staff Sgt. Bryan Rivera passes out his business cards to potential recruits during festivities for Air Force Week New York Aug. 26, 2010, in New York's Times Square. Sergeant Rivera is an Air Force recruiter in New York. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
Dorin Danel of Israel poses in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon static display Aug. 26, 2010, in New York's Times Square. The F-16 is one of many exhibits on display during Air Force Week New York City, which will also showcase flyovers, band concerts and more throughout the city's five boroughs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
Staff Sgt. Kathleen C. Pena passes out stickers and information for Air Force Week New York to passersby Aug. 26, 2010, in New York's Times Square. Air Force Week brings Airmen to New York neighborhoods to honor hometown heroes, tell their stories, and to thank New Yorkers for their support of Airmen around the world. Sergeant Pena is a recruiter stationed at the Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station in the heart of the city. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
Newly sworn-in recruits are acknowledged by the public for their commitment to serve in the Air Force during Air Force Week New York Aug. 26, 2010, in New York's Times Square. The week serves as the premier platform to share the Air Force story with fellow citizens, and will include community visits and talks by Air Force officials, flight demonstrations, and displays providing an up close and personal look at the men and women of the Air Force serving worldwide in defense of freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
by Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young
Defense Media Activity-San Antonio
8/26/2010 - NEW YORK (AFNS) -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Afterburner Monster Truck were two exhibits parked in the middle of Times Square here Aug. 26 as part of Air Force Week New York.
Various Air Force exhibits were spread over two blocks of Times Square to help educate citizens of New York about Airmen and the Air Force mission. Thousands of passersby visited the Thunderbird F-16 and Monster Truck display, listened to the sounds of the Air Force Band of Liberty's Afterburner, and took part in interactive Air Force displays.
Many New York City Air Force recruiters were on hand for the event, including Staff Sgt. Bryan Rivera, a New York native who is working as a recruiter in the same office where he joined almost eight years ago.
"Air Force Week is creating awareness in different communities and different boroughs," he said. "People who've never had any knowledge about the Air Force are getting the opportunity to see what we are about and ask questions. This helps us get out the message about what the Air Force does for the country. It's definitely allowing us to get more and more people to come into the office and find out about how they can be a part of the world's greatest Air Force."
The Air Force exhibits surround the Times Square Armed Forces recruiting station, a small building with American flags in red, white and blue bulbs on each side.
"We are out here saying hello and spreading awareness about the Air Force," said Staff Sgt. Kathleen Pena, the Times Square Air Force recruiter. "It's a great thing. I'm in awe about the things I've seen. Who would've thought we'd have an F-16 in the middle of Times Square? It's amazing."
Passersby in Times Square also witnessed a group of Air Force recruits taking the oath of enlistment.
"There's a lot of support out here," said Rosa Cruz, a Bronx native and one of the Air Force recruits who will be heading to Basic Military Training in September. "There were lots of people standing by, watching and taking pictures. It's a good feeling."