Hard work earns 8th TSC career counselors retention honors

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Steven Lyons (left), commander, 8th TSC, presents Sgt. Phyllis White, retention NCO, 8th STB, 8th TSC, an award and congratulations for her hard work with retention efforts for fiscal year 2012 during a ceremony at the 8th TSC’s dining facility, Feb. 26.

Maj. Gen. Steven Lyons (left), commander, 8th TSC, presents Sgt. Phyllis White, retention NCO, 8th STB, 8th TSC, an award and congratulations for her hard work with retention efforts for fiscal year 2012 during a ceremony at the 8th TSC’s dining facility, Feb. 26.

Story and photos by
Spc. Erin Sherwood
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Coffee and congratulations were plentiful during the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s annual retention award ceremony at the 8th TSC’s dining facility, here, Feb. 26.

The event recognized a select group of career counselors who went above and beyond normal duties to keep the most-qualified Soldiers in the Army during fiscal year 2012.

The counselors couldn’t help but smile as they received a locally made wooden plaque and thanks from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC.

“The ceremony is important because it gives the commanding general a chance to interact with the retention teams,” said Master Sgt. Roxanne Salisbury, the 8th TSC’s noncommissioned officer in charge of retention.

Attendees of the 8th TSC’s annual retention award ceremony listen to Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons (standing), commander, 8th TSC, as he explains the next step of the retention career field and what they are tasked with for the future.

Attendees of the 8th TSC’s annual retention award ceremony listen to Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons (standing), commander, 8th TSC, as he explains the next step of the retention career field and what they are tasked with for the future.

A lot of changes have taken place in the past few decades concerning retention policy for the Army. In the early ‘90s, cuts were made at the federal level, and some valuable Soldiers were let go.

The Army realized this fact and changed the structure of the policy within the past five years by allowing retention to be done at a command level instead.

“They said, ‘We’re going to allow the commanders, the people on the ground, to reshape the force,’” Salisbury said.

With the Army facing cuts of 80,000 or more personnel in the upcoming years, it may seem like retention teams can rest easy; however, Lyons said, this fact is not the case at all.

“What it means is we’ve got to work even harder as leaders and career counselors of the United States Army to make sure we retain our best quality Soldiers,” he said. “The level of complexity has increased when it comes to shaping the force.”

This change to retention policy is certainly a large one, and the awardees know their work is just beginning when it comes to the restructuring of the Army. Yet, all of them looked more than ready to tackle the new retention challenge presented to them by the commander.

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