NOSC Buffalo

NOSC Buffalo Commanding Officer: LCDR Patrick Griffin
Command Senior Chief: ADCS Robert Bonspiel The history of the Navy Reserve in Buffalo starts with the New York Naval Militia (NYNM).

Established in 1889, the Buffalo chapter of the NYNM originally drilled at the Connecticut Street Armory. The State eventually built a training facility ('boathouse' aka 'CPO Club') at the foot of Porter Avenue in 1932. In 1947, Naval Surface Reserve Division 3-67 (L) was commissioned in Buffalo. At the time, a few Navy Reserve units were drilling with the Naval Militia at the Connecticut Street Armory (in the winter months) and at the NYNM boathouse (in the summer). In 1949, the Navy Reserve constructed its own training facility (Reserve Center) at the foot of Porter Avenue, leaving the boathouse exclusively with the Naval Militia. In 1978, the Navy Reserve broke ground for construction of the current Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center building. The $3.6 million facility, erected next to the old Reserve Center (which continued to operate during construction), boasted a Computer Shipboard Simulator (SBS), a Damage Control Trainer (DCT), a Rifle Range, a detached maintenance garage, and 43,000 square feet of classroom and administrative space. The new facility was dedicated in 1979, whereupon the old Reserve Center was razed. During 1997, construction was completed on a $3.4 million, 23,000 square foot addition to the Reserve Center, which added more classrooms, a Medical Skills Laboratory, and the Naval Reserve Force's first-ever Lecture Hall. Also, the small maintenance garage was replaced with a 3-bay, 6,000 square foot Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF). In 2005, the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center was renamed to the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) and closed the SBS and DCT when the focus of training shifted to the Supported Command. The Buffalo Navy Reserve has operated and maintained numerous training vessels down through the years, including the minesweeper PROWESS from 1965-1970, and LCU 1473 from 1977-1985. In September of 1987, the NOSC took delivery of a custom built, $4.6 million landing craft (LCU 1680), which operated on every lake and adjoining waterway in the Great Lakes system. LCU 1680 was given back to the Active Navy in 2009 and the NOSC now has two 40ft Maritime Pre-Positioning Force Utility Boats (MPFUB 21 and MPFUB 31). The Buffalo Navy Reservists have a long history of community involvement participating in numerous local celebrations. They are heavily involved in the annual Armed Forces Week celebration. Reservists also support a large chapter of the Association of the United States Navy, the Navy Enlisted Reserve Association, the Navy League, and the New York Naval Militia.

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3 Porter Ave
Buffalo, NY

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