Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army staff, and Sergeant Major of the Army Sgt. Maj. Kenneth O. Preston, lead the annual Army Birthday Run at Fort Myer, Va., June 19. With 2009 designated by the Department of the Army as the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, Preston, the Army's highest ranking noncommissioned officer, recited the NCO Creed before the three-mile run. "This is the year of the NCO, and today was part of our celebration," Preston said. "We're recognizing the contributions of the NCO Corps, and informing the American public what an asset they have with our NCOs."