Awards, mass re-enlistment recognize retention

| February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller (center), commander, 25th ID, awards the Commanding General’s Excellence Retention plaque for 25th CAB to Col. Frank Tate (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Ruiz (right), the 25th CAB command team, and Master Sgt. Craig Clayton, senior retention noncommissioned officer, 25th CAB, during an awards luncheon at the Nehelani, Jan. 30.

Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller (center), commander, 25th ID, awards the Commanding General’s Excellence Retention plaque for 25th CAB to Col. Frank Tate (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Ruiz (right), the 25th CAB command team, and Master Sgt. Craig Clayton, brigade senior career counselor, 25th CAB, during an awards luncheon at the Nehelani, Jan. 30.

Story and photo by Spc. Ariana Cary
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

An awards luncheon was held at the Nehelani, Jan. 30, to recognize units and individuals for their retention success, in accordance with the 25th Infantry Division’s retention incentive and awards program for fiscal year 2012.

Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID, presented Commanding General’s Excellence Retention plaques to commands for retention success, to include special recognition awards.

The luncheon also recognized participants and the winner of the 25th ID Career Counselor of the Year board.

Army Commendation Medal & Career Counselor of the Year

•Staff Sgt. Michael Garcia

2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Fiscal Year 2012 Achievement

•2nd Brigade Combat Team

Col. Thomas Mackey and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, command team, 2nd BCT, and Master Sgt. Renita Cannon, brigade senior career counselor, 2nd BCT, accepted the awards.

•Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd SBCT

Lt. Col. Todd Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick Taylor, command team, HHBN, and Sgt. 1st Class Latayna Tyler, brigade senior career counselor, HHBN, accepted the awards.

Commanding General’s Excellence Retention Plaque Awarded for demonstrating excellence in retaining Soldiers during fiscal year 2012.

•3rd BCT

Col. Brian Eifler and Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark, command team, 3rd BCT, and Sgt. 1st Class James Franicevich, brigade senior career counselor, 3rd BCT, accepted the award.

•25th Combat Aviation Bde.

Col. Frank Tate and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Ruiz, command team, 25th CAB, and Master Sgt. Craig Clayton, brigade senior career counselor, 25th CAB, accepted the award.

During the ceremony, Staff Sgt. Rodney London, 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, and Sgt. Jason Clark, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, were also recognized as participants in the 2012 Career Counselor of the Year competition.

The event concluded with a mass re-enlistment ceremony conducted by Fuller; more than 25 Soldiers re-enlisted. Families were invited to stand with their re-enlisting Soldier.

“These awards ceremonies sometimes seem like one of those soccer teams where everyone gets a trophy, whether you win or lose, but that’s really not what happened here,” Fuller said. “There really was a lot of hard work that went into this.

“Retention is a commander’s program,” Fuller explained, “but we know we couldn’t accomplish it without the great professionals that trained to keep it going.”

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