Recruiting Station Twin Cities
9th Marine Corps District
Minneapolis, Minnesota


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Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Twin Cities

Major Corinna R Martinez, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, enlisted in the Marine Corps in November

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Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major, Recruiting Station Twin Cities

Sergeant Major David Sanchez was born on 26 August 1979 in Rosenberg, Texas and graduated from B.F.

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The mission of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Twin Cities is to supervise and administer the enlisted and officer procurement programs of the Regular and Reserve establishment and to perform such other tasks as may be directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.   

1 Federal Drive Suite G473,

Saint Paul, MN 55417

Executive Officer
Capt Evan Reineman

Operations Program Specialist
GySgt Patrick McNally

Recruiter Instructor
MGySgt Ryan Hunt

Assistant Recruiter Instructor

Administration Chief
SSgt Benjamin Roper

Administration Clerk
Sgt Serdjhy Leger

Logistics & Supply Chief
SSgt Christian Valdovinos

Logistics & Supply Clerk
SSgt Tanner Azeltine

Operations Clerk
Sgt Chontu Lee

Marketing & Communications
Sgt Isaac Munce

Officer Selection Station Twin Cities
Capt. Shane Dubord
2650 University Ave West, Suite 113
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114 
(651) 683-2081

Officer Selection Station Fargo
1st Lt. Conrad Littlefield
1142 17th Street North, Suite E
Fargo, North Dakota 58102
(701) 293-4020

10572 France Ave. So.
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 881- 6911 

606 Crossroads Campus Dr
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 682- 5711 

126317 Nicollet Ave. So.
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 894- 8760
Coon Rapids
3067 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 576- 9049 

2218 Mountain Shadow Dr.
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 727- 2159
Eau Claire
2106 Eastridge Center
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 832- 0505 

1102 43rd St Suite A
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 277- 8403
1850 Adams St. Suite 500- 3
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387- 3094
1649 W. Co Rd B-2
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636- 1552 

Sioux Falls
5019 S Louise Ave Suite #D
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 361- 2584 

St Cloud
38 2nd Ave South
Waite Park, MN 56387
(320) 251- 3103

PCS Hutchinson
114 Main Street North
Hutchinson, MN 55350
PCS Inver Grove Heights
7751 Amana Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
PCS Lakeville
7622 160th Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044
PCS Maple Grove
13571 Grove Drive
Maple Grove, MN 55311
PCS Forest Lake
59 South Lake Street
Forest Lake, MN 55025
PCS Grand Rapids
2046 South Pokegame Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
PCS Rice Lake
2486 South Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868
PCS Rochester
3125 Wellner Drive NE
Rochester,MN 55906
PCS Bismarck
240 West Front Ave
Bismarck, ND 58504
PCS Detroit Lakes
113 Graystone Plaza
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
PCS Grand Forks
1020 South Washington Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
PCS Minot
2400 10th Street SW, Dakota Square Mall
Minot, ND 58701
PCS Owatonna
211 West Bridge Street
Owatonna, MN 55060
PCS Maplewood
3001 White Bear Ave North
Maplewood, MN 55109
PCS Woodbury
803 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
PCS Brainerd
15620 North Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN 56401
PCS Alexandria
4911 Hwy 29 South
Alexandria, MN 56308
PCS Watertown
1022 14th Street SE
Watertown, SD 57201
Photo Information

Jessica Backes, a Gustavus Adolphus College music performance major and Marine enlistee, poses for a photo alongside members of the 2nd Marine Division Band Woodwind Quintet, after her senior flute recital, Sunday, April 15, in St. Peter, Minn. Backes will graduate June with honors before leaving for Marine Corps recruit training at Marine Corp Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Once training is complete, Backes will be permanently assigned to one of the 10 performing Marine Corps bands.

Photo by Sgt. Michelle Reif

Future Marine musician conducts final Gustavus recital alongside 2nd Marine Division Band Woodwind Quintet.

17 Apr 2018 | Sgt. Michelle Reif 9th Marine Corps District

Gustavus Adolphus music performance major and Marine enlistee, Jessica Backes, performed her senior recital alongside the 2nd Marine Division Band Woodwind Quintet, Sunday, April 15, at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minn.

The Marine Corps has always prided itself with recruiting only the best and brightest young men and women to join its elite force. It is the rare musician who has the talent and determination required to become a Marine.

Backes, a flute player, expertly rose to that challenge and celebrated her accomplishments. She leaves for Marine Corps recruit training in July.

“I decided I wanted to be a Marine because I knew the [Marine Corps] family would push me to be a much stronger, more confident, grateful and creative musician and person,” said Backes. “I knew the lifestyle would stretch my boundaries and limitations, causing me to grow and push past my own self-imposed limitations. It also made me proud, knowing I would be lucky enough to be able to give back to my country and community by doing what I love - music.”

Backes, a St. Cloud, Minn., native, was heavily involved in the arts while growing up. She began playing flute 10 years ago in her middle school marching band and her passion for music has grown ever since. After graduating from Technical High School in 2014, she continued her musical career at Gustavus Adolphus College as a music performance and Spanish major. She will graduate this Junewith honors.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Meulemans, a Marine Corps bandsman and recruiter for Recruiting Station Twin Cities, first discovered Backes at Gustavus during a Wind Orchestra concert in 2017. She was playing solo background music at the reception.

“I knew after just a few notes that she was the type of player we are looking for in the Marine Corps Band,” said Meulemans.

Once Backes decided she wanted to be a Marine, she began the audition process. Determining if an applicant is musically qualified for the Music Enlistment Option Program, (MEOP), consists of completing a screening form about their musical experience, a video submission of prepared excerpts and a live audition. They must also complete the physical, mental and moral military screening tests required of all those wishing to join the armed services.

“Finding a musician qualified to play in the Marine Corps Band is not an easy task,” said Meulemans.  “During my 10 years in the Marine Corps Band, I have seen the level of musicians we are selecting grow immensely.  In the past, many of the musicians coming into the Marine Corps Band were the top musicians graduating from high school.  Today, I see many more college students and graduates joining and the performance level of the band reflects.”

Meuleamans, however, had no doubts Backes would survive the audition. He isn’t worried that she will  become successful in the Marine Corps.

“Jessica is going to make a phenomenal Marine musician,” said Meulemans. “She has an unprecedented drive to accomplish anything she decides to do. She already exceeds the physical fitness qualifications required of a Marine and is pushing her musical expertise to the next level. And on top of everything, her character is unselfish, humble and appreciative.  She is one to make the most of, see the best in and enjoy every situation.  These will make her a solid, motivational leader others will want to follow as she quickly moves up the ranks.”

All musicians entering the Marine Corps Band must complete basic training and earn the title of Marine and complete Marine Combat Training to learn basic infantry skills.  These are skills are required of every Marine. Marine Musicians then move on to the School of Music Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-FT Story in Virginia Beach, Va., for six months of musical training to further develop their musical skills.  Following the School of Music, theyare stationed with one of the 10 bands throughout the United States and Japan.

For the final song of the recital, Backes performed the Marines’ Hymn. It was her first performance with a Marine Corps Band and a fitting tribute to her future family.  

“I chose to end my recital with the Marines’ Hymn after attending a performance by the Marine Band, New Orleans last fall,” said Backes. “Watching the Marines stand and play the hymn from memory, while seeing some teary-eyes audience members, made me stand taller myself. The Marines’ Hymn honors all who have served, are serving currently and will serve. It is an honor to be able to end my recital with the piece that embraces that tradition and connection.”

9th Marine Corps District