Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, Feb 26, 2011 - Maj. Gen. William D. R. Waff, commanding general of the 99th Regional Support Command, personally honored Mr. William M. Staub by awarding him the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service Award during a ceremony at the Maj. John P. Pryor Armed Forces Reserve Center.

The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service award is the highest award granted by the United States Army to civilian personnel. It is equivalent to the Distinguished Service Medal for military service. With the exception of nominations for bravery, nominees must have established a demonstrable pattern of excellence and achievement.

"I have been in the Army for 35 years and this is only the second time I have seen this award," said Waff. "The quality of work that Bill Staub did especially to create this command is truly ... unbelievable."

This award capstones Staub's 44 years of combined total federal service.

"I have been associated with the Army for 44 years... and there has not been a day that I regret," said Staub. "You can't image the level of pride I have in receiving this award."

The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service citation read -

"While serving as Deputy for Management and Chief of Staff, 99th Regional Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve Command, from July 2005 through January 2011. Mr. Staub's visionary leadership, tireless dedication to duty and management skills ensured Army Reserve unit readiness and mission accomplishment in support of overseas contingency operations. Under his direction, the 99th Regional Support Command retooled its mission from Command and Control to a regional 'Virtual Installation' providing customer and installation support activities for units within a 13-state region. Truly the 'best of the best,' Mr. Staub's outstanding accomplishments are in the finest traditions of government service and are a great credit to him, the Reserve Command and the Department of the Army."

Staub took time to thank the many Civilians, Soldiers and other service members who served with him. He placed a special emphasis on thanking his high-school sweetheart and wife of 36 years, Sheila.

Staub also gave a very special thank you to Waff for sharing his promotion ceremony day with him.

"This is truly amazing!" Staub concluded.