Deciding to stay in the Army for another tour of duty and perhaps going on towards retirement is a personal choice each Soldier must make. Helping Soldiers in this decision process are retention NCOs and the best of them were rewarded for their efforts during the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) Active and Reserve Component Retention Awards Ceremony, at Fort McNair Nov. 10, 2011.

Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of the JFHQ-NCR/MDW, presented Fiscal Year 2011 Command Retention Team awards to The United States Army Band; the United States Army Fort Belvoir, the United States Army Fort Meade and the United States Army Field Band. Also recognized but not in attendance at the ceremony were the United States Army Fort Hamilton retention team.

Linnington then presented the Fiscal Year 2012 JFHQ-NCR/MDW Active Component Career Counselor of the Year award to Sgt. 1st. Class William P. Bastian, Jr. 3D Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and the Fiscal Year 2012 JFHQ-NCR/MDW Reserve Component Career Counselor of the year to Sgt. 1st. Class Scott E. Halbleib, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Meade. Both Soldiers were also presented with Army Commendation Medals by Linnington for their service.

The Army Retention Program is a commander's program that requires active involvement, support and interest at all levels, including the senior noncommissioned officer corps. The program is designed to foster an environment that encourages high quality, career-minded Soldiers to stay with the Army team whether in the active or reserve component.