WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2012) -- Staff members from the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, Joint Task Force - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington discussed various issues with Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, JFHQ-NCR/MDW commanding general, during a Town Hall meeting held in the National Defense University's Lincoln Auditorium at Fort Lesley J. McNair.

Town Hall meetings are important methods of communication within an organization and provide an important face-to-face opportunity to recognize individual achievement and reflect on the command's accomplishments, as well as address many events and concerns for the months ahead.

Various Town Hall speakers highlighted the upcoming 57th Presidential Inauguration and the multiple events that will transpire prior to January 2013 regarding preparation, coordination, rules and regulations.

Winter safety was another topic discussed. Cold weather tips, driving safety in inclement weather, and cold weather preparations were stressed as the winter months draw near.

"On Inauguration Day, don't let frost bite 'bite' you," said Kerry K. Bonos, JFHQ-NCR/MDW command safety director. "You definitely need to protect yourself and your buddy."

Three Commander's Awards for Civilian Service were awarded to employees Jeremy Kern, Ronald McLendon, and Courtney Wittman for their planning, preparation and support during the 2012 "Twilight Tattoo" and Spirit of America programs.

Two employees received Length of Service awards; Henry Daniel Jr., 35 years and Brenda W. Sigler, 35 years. Commanding General's coins were presented to LaShawnda Arrington, Capt. Timothy Banks, Navy Cmdr. Willie Beale, Lisa Bynoe, Capt. Michael Colucci, Eugene Fleming, Chuck Foster, Diane Grant, Brittany Harris, Charles Holt, Navy Tech. Sgt. Patricia Koch, Donald Lane, Staff Sgt. Shemeka Mitchell, Lt. Col. Lesley Moton, Teresa Ovalle, Larnell Smith, Marvin Solomon, and Andy Titsworth.

Fort George G. Meade, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own", and the U.S. Army Field Band received awards for achieving 100 percent of their assigned fiscal year retention missions in all categories.

Fort Meade's retention career counselor, Sgt. 1st Class Christina Dauria-Cox was selected as the fiscal year 2013 JFHQ-NCR/MDW Career Counselor of the Year.