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NCO Journal August 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development


Center for the Intrepid Helps Amputees Reach Their Full Potential

By Meghan Portillo

Waking up to the sound of an explosion was not something out of the ordinary for Sgt. Edwin Gonzalez during his tour in Afghanistan. But the blast he heard before the break of dawn July 28, 2012, began a day he would like to forget.

Article published on: August 28, 2013


Staff Sgt. Ty Carter Receives Medal of Honor At White House

By J.D. Leipold

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the second Soldier to receive the nation’s highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009.

Article published on: August 27, 2013


Center for the Intrepid Program Trains Wounded Soldiers to Run Again

By Meghan Portillo

Master Sgt. Tim Crusing dug his toes into the carpet and took off running down the hallway, a smile across his face. He had just met with prosthetist Ryan Blanck for a fitting of his Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, or IDEO, a device used by Soldiers who have trouble walking or standing because of lower leg injuries. Crusing is not an amputee, but the IDEO he wears resembles a prosthetic. It is worn over his injured leg, allowing him to run once more.

Article published on: August 27, 2013


For 30 Years, AFAP Has Brought Quality-Of-Life Issues to Forefront

By J.D. Leipold

Just over 30 years ago, on Aug. 15, the Army reached out to its entire family — active and reserve-component Soldiers, their families, retirees, survivors and civilian employees, asking them to identify quality-of-life issues and concerns for review and resolution by Army senior leadership.

Article published on: August 22, 2013


August 1900: Chaplain Assistant Leads Charge up Wall

By Michael L. Lewis

As the only chaplain assistant to be awarded the Medal of Honor, Calvin Pearl Titus is often cited as a model of bravery and selflessness. Yet, his award for daring gallantry — during combat in China when he was a corporal — actually came at the start of a long Army career of assisting chaplains in ministry, whether as an official chaplain assistant or not.

Article published on: August 22, 2013


Rangers Knock the ‘Rust’ Off During Exercise

By Nick Duke

Nestled in the mountains of north Georgia at Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega, the 5th Ranger Training Battalion is responsible for overseeing the Mountain Phase of Ranger School.

Article published on: August 21, 2013


Medal of Honor Recipient, Former NCO Shares His Story with Younger Soldiers

By Pablo Villa

Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha is gradually learning to live with both the acclaim and burden that comes with being a Medal of Honor recipient.

Article published on: August 21, 2013


NCO Ready for Life, Responsibilities after Receiving Medal of Honor

By Pablo Villa

Carter, 33, currently assigned to the 7th Infantry Division’s headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., was being asked by a lieutenant colonel calling from Washington, D.C., if he had an opening in his schedule for a phone conversation in mid-July. He didn’t. He was going to be on vacation with his family. But the caller’s urgency was apparent.

Article published on: August 20, 2013


DoD Partners To Combat Brain Injury

By Ellen Crown

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered Aug. 14 at the Military Health System Research Symposium to discuss the future of research on mental health and traumatic brain injury.

Article published on: August 19, 2013


Secretary Announces New Anti-Sexual Assault Initiatives

By Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The seven new initiatives to combat sexual assault announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today continue the pressure on an issue that can erode the effectiveness of the military, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today.

Article published on: August 15, 2013


Phase 3 of ‘Performance Triad’ Emphasizes Importance of Restful Sleep

By David Vergun

Going without sleep can make Soldiers feel more than just a little grumpy and groggy at work, said a sleep medicine consultant on the Army’s Performance Triad program.

Article published on: August 15, 2013


Phase 1 of ‘Performance Triad’ Encourages Soldiers to Stay Active

By David Vergun

“As an Army, we must be ready and resilient,” said the Army’s surgeon general.

Article published on: August 15, 2013


DoD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

NCO Journal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2013 – Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today.

Article published on: August 15, 2013


Phase 2 of ‘Performance Triad’ Focuses On Eating For Health, Performance

By David Vergun

Soldiers who switch to a healthier diet will notice an immediate change in how they feel and perform, said a registered dietitian.

Article published on: August 14, 2013


Army Research Lab Explores 3-D Printing to Fix Deployed Equipment, Cut Costs

NCO Journal

New technology being developed by research engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Purdue University will soon help just about any Soldier deployed in far-off locations to immediately spot and fix damaged aircraft and ground vehicle parts.

Article published on: August 14, 2013


NCOs from N.Y. Army National Guard Help Qualify Infantry Soldiers

By Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta

Combining steep learning curves with Camp Smith’s steep terrain, NCOs and other Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 106th Regional Training Institute, turn Army Reserve and National Guard clerks, quartermasters, and mechanics into infantrymen.

Article published on: August 13, 2013


NCO Honored With AMEDD Leadership Award

By Meghan Portillo

The Army Medical Department has honored Master Sgt. Anthony Forker with the 2013 Capt. John R. Teal Leadership Award for his exemplary service in Afghanistan.

Article published on: August 13, 2013


NCO Corner Aims To Be ‘Site of Sites’

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester

Have you found yourself searching multiple online sites to find information on leader development and unit training management?

Article published on: August 13, 2013


Trainers, Mentors Ensure Reserve-Component Readiness

NCO Journal

First Army Division East trainers/mentors play an integral role in ensuring Reserve Component units maintain a high degree of readiness.

Article published on: August 12, 2013


Odierno: NCOs Have Key Role in Reducing Vehicle Fatalities

NCO Journal

From Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Article published on: August 12, 2013


From The Secretary Of Defense: The Integrity of the Military Justice Process

By Chuck Hagel

This reiterates my expectations and those of the President regarding the integrity of the military justice process. Every military officer and enlisted member of the Department of Defense is to be made aware of its contents.

Article published on: August 12, 2013


Fort Drum NCOs Teach Self-Defense as Part of SHARP

By Michelle Kennedy

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — As an extension of the Army’s Sexual Harassment / Assault Response and Prevention program, combatives instructors from the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Light Fighter School offered tips and tricks to prevent a possible attack during self-defense classes this week.

Article published on: August 9, 2013


Former Ranger NCO Says Of Battle of Mogadishu: ‘Very Early On, I Assumed I Was Going To Die’

By Nick Duke

In October, the Army will mark the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu, a 1993 conflict in Somalia that inspired the book Black Hawk Down and the movie of the same name.

Article published on: August 9, 2013


SMA Chandler: Loss of NCO Net Will Lead To New Dialogue Opportunities

By Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III
14th Sergeant Major of the Army

In an effort to best steward our limited resources, effective 30 September 2013, the Army will not renew the contract for many of our forums, which have been facilitated and supported by the Center for Army Lessons Learned.

Article published on: August 8, 2013


SMA Holds First Pentagon Town Hall

NCO Journal

For the first time, the Army’s senior enlisted advisor hosted a town hall meeting for Soldiers who are stationed at the Pentagon.

Article published on: August 7, 2013


NCOs Should Prepare Soldiers Prior To EFMB Testing

By Meghan Portillo

Earning the Expert Field Medical Badge may be one of the most difficult challenges a Soldier will take on during his or her career, and success is directly related to the amount of preparation one has had before testing.

Article published on: August 7, 2013


Expert Field Medical Badge Is Symbol of Proficiency, Dedication

By Meghan Portillo

With only a 17-percent pass rate, the Expert Field Medical Badge remains one of the most prestigious and coveted awards a medical professional can obtain in the Army. It is a symbol of excellence, an outward sign of technical and tactical proficiency.

Article published on: August 6, 2013


Army Transportation School Works On Cross-Training Active, Reserve Soldiers

By T. Anthony Bell

FORT LEE, Va. — The U.S. Army Transportation School is continuing to implement elements of the One Army School System, launching recent efforts to cross-train active duty and reserve component instructors.

Article published on: August 6, 2013


TRADOC Selects NCO, Soldier of the Year Using New Techniques

By Tony O’Bryant

FORT EUSTIS, Va. — In an effort to balance the tradition of recognizing Army professionalism and being good stewards of limited funds, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command revamped the way it challenges, chooses and celebrates its best enlisted Soldiers.

Article published on: August 5, 2013


New ‘milWire’ Tool Helps NCOs Share Information

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Department of Defense recently released milWire, a new collaborative tool tailored to deliver user generated content, both custom or shared, from milSuite and other DOD websites.

Article published on: August 5, 2013


The All-Volunteer Force: Keeping America Safe for 40 Years

By Staff Sgt. Fason Helfer

Honor, service and sacrifice are just a few reasons why young Americans decide to enlist in the Army and defend the land they call home.

Article published on: August 1, 2013


Army Ten-Miler Service Members Lottery Opens Today

Army News Service

The Army Ten-Miler race will hold a special online lottery for service members today through Aug. 15. The lottery is open to all U.S. service members and they must use a .mil email address when registering.

Article published on: August 1, 2013


 

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