ROSE BARRACKS, Germany -- Earning the title of U.S. Army Europe Retention Team of the Quarter Award takes teamwork - maintaining the title for eight consecutive quarters takes dedication.
Since the retention award's competition inception the 2d Cavalry Regiment has earned the title of best and was recognized for their continued efforts during an award ceremony on April 13, 2017 at Rose Barracks.
When it comes to any competition points matter; but adding to the force is not just a numbers game. Maintaining and retaining troop strength is the sum of efforts from an entire retention team comprised of Soldier-focused Career Counselors.
"Our job is the binding force between the Department of the Army and the Soldier who wishes stay in," said Master Sgt. Enrique Rose, senior regimental career counselor. "Our focus is to match the Army's needs with the Soldiers needs and put the right person, at the right place, at the right time."
Career counselors discuss contract options with Soldiers, calculate bonuses and serve as a resource to Soldiers and the command team regarding career progression and promotion. Together, the 2CR team has fulfilled those duties better than the rest.
"Being the top Regiment means a lot," said Rose. "We came together as a team and put the mission first -- and it shows."
In addition to the team title, Staff Sgt. Chelsea Squillante, career counselor, 4th Squadron 2CR, earned the regimental and USAREUR individual award for top producer.
When asked what the best part of the job is, Squillante's dedication to the Soldiers she retains was obvious.
"I love when Soldiers came back to my office excited about getting what they wanted in their respective contracts and sharing what we do with other Soldiers," said Squillante.