Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) will continue its tradition of flying the retention pennant with a fourth consecutive win of the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Retention Excellence Award.

“Congratulations to the Career Counselor Division, headed by NCC Alberto Bruzon and all departmental career counselors for their efforts in retaining Sailors for continued service,” said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor.

“The CNIC Retention Excellence award recognizes those commands that achieve several metrics in career counseling performance. Meeting reenlistment goals and completing all required career development boards for each Sailor is a huge challenge for a command this size.”

CNIC announced the winners in a message Jan. 24.

This award is given to those commands meeting annual benchmarks and achieving a passing grade of 90 points or better on the annual Career Development Program review. Other requirements include having a minimum of 95 percent completion on all career development boards, and a minimum of 85 percent of Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 compliance documented in Defense Manpower Data Center system.

The annual reenlistment rate benchmarks were: 35 percent for Zone A, 54 percent for Zone B and 64 percent for Zone C.

Zone A applies to “first termers” or those who are enlisted less than six years. Zone B applies to “middle management” or those who are in the Navy six to 10 years and Zone C are “upper management” or those who are enlisted for 10-16 years. Last year, 50 Sailors in all three zones, reenlisted at NAS Jax.

“This is a command-wide award that’s difficult to achieve,” said Bruzon. “By working together, from the commanding officer on down, we’ve done a really good job by keeping our retention team members current on new guidelines and programs so we can better assist our Sailors. And, we rely on command leadership to be involved in their Sailor’s careers by guiding them on the best path for advancement, retention, personal and professional development.”

In a message announcing the winners, CNIC Vice Adm. Mary Jackson stated, “This recognition demonstrates career counselors’ dedication and commitment to career programs, not

only exemplifying superb performance, but this also attests to their concern for the professional needs of our Sailors. Every member of the command’s recognized can be justifiably proud of their achievements. Thank you for the great work and commitment.”