Army Retirement Ceremonies National Capital Region

Old Guard in formation

Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians Army-wide are invited to participate in a Department of the Army (DA) or General Officer (GO) retirement ceremony conducted by 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" ceremonial units of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW).

DA and GO Retirement ceremonies take place in Conmy Hall, Bldg. 241., on the historic installation, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, also known as Fort Myer, Virginia.  Ceremonies are generally conducted on a weekday morning toward the end of each month. These ceremonies draw participants from the Army's total force; Active-duty, National Guard, Reserve elements, and now DA Civilians.  Participating in retirement ceremonies conducted by 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" ceremonial units is a fitting cap to a Soldier's career.

The Army Band and the Old Guard represent the Army well at outreach events large and small, near and far. They combine forces for the Twilight Tattoo performances at Fort Myer and at performances up and down the East Coast. Concerts and recitals by Army Band musicians and exhibitions by Old Guard performing units like the Army Drill Team or the Fife and Drum Corps keep the command in the public eye.

ELIGIBILITY:

DA Ceremony: COL (O6) and below -OR- GS-15 and below

GO Ceremony: BG (07) and MG (08) -OR- Tier 1 or Tier 2

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Transitioning Soldiers and Civilians interested in participating in a DA or GO retirement ceremony are personally responsible for submitting their Retirement Data Sheet directly to MDW Ceremonies and Outreach Directorate (COD). **NO EXCEPTIONS**.  Requests to participate MUST be submitted by emailing: mdw.cseo@gmail.com.  

Ensure that your email and contact information is accurate as you will receive a confirmation email within the first week of the month of your requested retirement ceremony date. The email confirmation will provide you with details for your specific ceremony.  If your participation status should change, please inform MDW COD as soon as possible by calling 1LT Angelena Garland or Mr. Richard Thomas at (202) 685-2983/2980/4912/4916 or mdw.cseo@gmail.com.

HOW TO OBTAIN FORM:

The Retirement Data Sheet to designate your participation in a ceremony may be obtained at a retirement briefing for transitioning Soldiers, from the Fort Myer Transition Point or here Retirement Data Sheet (excel).

NOTE:  Personnel wanting to participate in the monthly DA Retirement Ceremony must submit their completed Retirement Data Sheet no later than the 1st of the month in which you wish to participate.  Retirees submitting their Retirement Data Sheet after the 1st of the month will not be recognized in the that month's retirement program and may be asked to participate in a later ceremony. If you are not contacted by MDW Ceremonies and Outreach Directorate within seven (7) days of your scheduled retirement ceremony, please contact MDW COD point of contact mentioned above.

Personnel wanting to participate in the monthly GO Retirement Ceremony must inform MDW COD no later than six weeks prior to the month in which participation is desired, by calling 1LT Angelena Garland or Mr. Richard Thomas at (202) 685-2983/2980/4912/4916 or mdw.cseo@gmail.com.

 The following dates are established for Department of the Army and General Officer retirement ceremonies in 2021.

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY 2020 RETIREMENT CEREMONIES


Dept. of the Army
Time   Location     
October 29, 202010 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
November 19, 202010 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
December 10, 202010 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
January 28, 2021CancelledConmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
February 25, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
March 25, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
April 29, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
May 13, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
June 24, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
July 22, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
August 26, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
September 23, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
October 28, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
November 18, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
December 9, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.

 

 
 General Officer
Time    Location     
October 30, 2020
CancelledConmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
November 20, 2020
10 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
December 11, 2020
10 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
January 29, 2021CancelledConmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
February 26, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
March 26, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
April 30, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
May 14, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
June 25, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
July 23, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
August 27, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
September 24, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
October 29, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
November 19, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
December 10, 202110 a.m.Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.

 

 

Old Guard Troops

Date and times are subjected to change due to supervening ceremonies.

POCs for this action are 1LT Angelena Garland and Mr. Richard Thomas at (202) 685-2983/2980/4912/4916, or mdw.cseo@gmail.com.

 

 Year 2020 Key Dates

New Year                  Wed., 1 Jan Independence Day     Sat., 4 July  
MLK Jr. Holiday        Mon., 20 Jan Labor Day                     Mon., 7 Sept
Presidents Day       Mon., 17 Feb                        Columbus Day             Mon., 12 Oct
Easter                       Sun., 12 April                        Veterans Day               Wed., 11 Nov
Memorial Day         Mon., 25 May                      Thanksgiving          Thurs., 26 Nov 
Army Birthday         Sun., 14 June                           Christmas                  Fri., 25 Dec

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