By Rod Powers
Fort Hamilton is like no other post in the U.S. Army. Known as "The Army's Ambassador to New York City", Fort Hamilton is embraced by the entire Greater New York City area, largely because of its rich history of providing harbor defense and security to New York City, a major world center of culture and enterprise. Located at the east side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, Fort Hamilton is the only active military base in metropolitan New York City
In 1831, the Corps' New York District built the first coastal defense in New York City in the form of Fort Hamilton. Designed and located by General Simon Bernard, Fort Hamilton was positioned so that its guns could supplement those of Fort Lafayette and protect the narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island. One of the junior officers who served briefly on the project to build Fort Hamilton was Robert E. Lee. The fort was named for the first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.
The mission of Fort Hamilton is to provide the New York metropolitan area with Military Installation support for the Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.
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