Fort Lewis, WA — I Corps & Fort Lewis units reenlisted more than 4,000 Soldiers in fiscal year 2008, and retained an additional 800 Soldiers who will continue their military service in the U.S. Army Reserves or National Guard.
The continued success U.S. Army’s all-volunteer force depends on its ability to not just recruit qualified men and women to serve, but to retain trained and experienced Soldiers already in the ranks.
In every major subordinate command on Fort Lewis, trained non-commissioned officers serve as career counselors for their fellow Soldiers, working with Soldiers in their units to develop career goals and identify assignment opportunities that will continue their professional education and growth in their chosen military field.
To recognize their success in achieving those reenlistment goals, I Corps and Fort Lewis will host the Fiscal Year 2008 Retention Awards Ceremony this Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the American Lake Club. Awards will be presented to the I Corps and Ft Lewis major commands for achieving unit retention goals.
During the ceremony, post leadership will also recognize the FY08 Career Counselor of the Year, and this non-commissioned officer will compete against other installation winners at the Forces Command (FORSCOM) competition later this month.
Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. will be the guest speaker, and will be presenting the awards.
Sgt. Major Michael Burns, from the I Corps Retention Office, will also be present to speak with the media about Army retention at Fort Lewis.