Military Entrance Processing Station
On 1 July 1982, HQ USMEPCOM issued permanent order 67-1 authorizing the establishment of a MEPS station to be located on MacDill Avenue and Columbus Drive in Tampa, Florida. The MEPS was constructed and became operational in early 1983. However, in January of 1987, the building began to fall into a sink hole and was condemned. Following this incident, Tampa MEPS executed an emergency contingency plan relocating to the Army National Guard Armory on Howard Ave. In July of this same year, the Tampa MEPS was again relocated to the Veterans Affairs building in St. Petersburg, FL. Finally, in August 1991, Tampa MEPS moved to its current location on 3520 West Waters Avenue in Tampa, FL.