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Army Retirement Ceremonies National Capital Region

Old Guard in formationSoldiers Army-wide are invited to participate in a retirement ceremony conducted by ceremonial troops of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW).

Generally held on a weekday morning toward the end of each month, the ceremonies take place in Conmy Hall, Bldg. 241 on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall (Fort Myer) Va. They are a fitting cap to a Soldier’s career and draws participants from the Army’s total force; Active, Guard and Reserve elements.

Signup for the ceremony is through direct email submission only. Transitioning Soldiers are personally responsible for submitting the form directly to MDW. The form used to designate their participation in the ceremony can be obtained at retirement briefings for transitioning Soldiers, from the Fort Myer Transition Point or downloaded below. Soldiers not serviced by the Fort Myer Transition Point can also contact the Ceremonies and Special Events Office directly at (202) 685-2983/2980.

Email and contact information must be accurate as you will receive a confirmation email within the first week of the month you requested with details for your specific ceremony. If your status in a ceremony changes, please inform the MDW office as soon as possible.

Please fax (or email) the completed form to the appropriate locations designated at the bottom of the form.

Retirement Data Sheet (excel)

MDW also conducts General Officer retirement ceremonies on Fort Myer.


1.  If you are not contacted by the Military District of Washington Ceremonies and Special Events Office within 7 days of your scheduled retirement ceremony, please contact the CSEO POC in paragraph 4.

2. Times may be changed due to supervening ceremonies.

3.  The following dates are established for Department of the Army (DA) and General Officer (GO) retirement ceremonies in 2018. Eligibility to participate is open to Soldiers Army-wide. DA ceremonies are for Soldiers in the grade of O6 and below. GO ceremonies are for BG (O7) and MG (O8). Ceremony location is Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA (JBM-HH), [also known as Fort Myer, VA].

DA Time    GO  Time    Location     
25 Jan. 18 10 a.m.  26 Jan. 18 Cancelled Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
22 Feb. 18 10 a.m.  23 Feb. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
29 Mar. 18 10 a.m.  30 Mar. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
26 Apr. 18 10 a.m.  27 Apr. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
17 May 18 10 a.m.  18 May 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
28 Jun. 18 10 a.m.  29 Jun. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
26 Jul. 18 10 a.m.  27 Jul. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
30 Aug. 18 10 a.m.  29 Aug. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
27 Sep. 18 10 a.m.  28 Sep. 18 Cancelled Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
25 Oct. 18 10 a.m.  26 Oct. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
29 Nov. 18 10 a.m.  30 Nov. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.
13 Dec. 18 10 a.m.  14 Dec. 18 10 a.m. Conmy Hall, JBM-HH, Va.

Old Guard Troops 4.  This document supersedes any dates previously established. POC for this action is CPT Tamara Young at (202) 685-4911, or mdw.cseo@gmail.com.

 Year 2018 Key Dates

New Year                  Mon., 1 Jan Independence Day     Wed., 4 July  
MLK Jr. Holiday        Mon., 15 Jan Labor Day                     Mon., 3 Sept
Presidents Day       Mon., 19 Feb                        Columbus Day             Mon., 9 Oct
Easter                       Sun.,    1 April                        Veterans Day               Sun., 11 Nov
Memorial Day         Mon., 28 May                      Thanksgiving          Thurs., 22 Nov 
Army Birthday         Wed., 14 June                           Christmas                  Tues., 25 Dec

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Retirement Data Sheet (excel)

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