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NCO Journal December 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development.

U.S. Service Members Deployed Overseas, Keeping Citizens Safe during Holidays

Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — For many American service members, the holidays are just another work day.

Article published on: December 24, 2013

Twin Staff Sergeants Make Holidays in Afghanistan Feel Like Home

Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The Rulon brothers are no strangers to constantly being around each other, considering they are twins who both live in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

Article published on: December 23, 2013

New Policy Gives Sergeants Direct Access to AER

Army News Service

Army Emergency Relief announced that, beginning Jan. 1, all sergeants and above can submit requests for financial assistance directly to their installation AER office.

Article published on: December 18, 2013

Drill Sergeant Wins 2013 Operation Rising Star Competition

Robert Dozier
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs

Sgt. Christiana Ball, a drill sergeant from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., has been voted Army Entertainment’s 2013 Rising Star.

Article published on: December 18, 2013

Contributors Credit Teamwork for New Multi-Service NCO, Petty Officer Guide

Tech. Sgt. David Whitecar
17th Training Wing Public Affairs&
Sgt. 1St Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

The National Defense University Press today released the inaugural edition of The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer: Backbone of the Armed Forces.

Article published on: December 17, 2013

New Army Safety Regulations Focus on Motorcycle, Water Safety

Jonathan (Jay) Koester

Recent revisions to Army safety regulations include updates to motorcycle safety policies, as well as new guidance on how leaders should handle Soldiers with limited swimming ability.

Article published on: December 16, 2013

This Month in NCO History — From Abu Ghraib to Baltimore, Dec. 1, 2007

Pablo Villa

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III contributed this week to the fervor surrounding this weekend’s college football showdown between Army and Navy with a recent Facebook post.

Article published on: December 12, 2013

Former Army NCO Directs Film Showing Determination of Wounded Veterans

From ABC News

Ryan joined the Army in 2001 and served as a combat engineer for eight years from 2001 until 2009. After leaving the Army, he moved to Las Vegas and started working in the entertainment business as an actor and model doing local commercials. He then realized that he would much rather be on the other side of the camera.

Article published on: December 11, 2013

Air Defense Artillery Faces RealWorld Mission in Korea

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

When Soldiers arrive to the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Osan Air Base, South Korea, NCOs let them know right away they are about to engage in a real-world mission that will probably be different from anything they’ve experienced before in the Army.

Article published on: December 10, 2013

New Supply Chain Degree Program Blends Military, Business Theories

Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs

FORT LEE, Va. — The Army Logistics University and Virginia Commonwealth University have partnered to create a new degree program to support Soldiers.

Article published on: December 9, 2013

Special Duty Assignment Pay Changes for Some Soldiers

David Vergun
Army News Servicel

WASHINGTON — Some Soldiers receiving special duty assignment pay, or SDAP, are now seeing an increase in payments or seeing it for the first time, while others will soon see less.

Article published on: December 6, 2013

Paratroopers From Across the Globe Prepare For a Holiday Tradition

NCO Journal

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – “It’s a good way to say, ‘Thank you,’” said Sgt. Maj. Ronny Hahnlein, German Army liaison to the XVIII Airborne Corps. “It’s maybe a little thing to give back, but I think this is what a friendship is.”.

Article published on: December 6, 2013

Sergeants Major Academy Students Now Learning To Be Resilience Trainers

David Crozier
U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

FORT BLISS, Texas — Students at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy recently began taking a 10-day course that will qualify them as master resilience trainers.

Article published on: December 5, 2013

Small-Unit Operations in an IED Environment

C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service

The focused efforts of noncommissioned officers in training, development, and employment of their Soldiers and their capabilities continue to persistently apply pressure against the enemy as well as ensure the security and freedom of our nation.

Article published on: December 4, 2013

Points Change for Soldiers Seeking NCO Status

C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service

Soldiers competing for sergeant in January will no longer have 16 promotion points available to them for completing the online “Structured Self-Development I” course.

Article published on: December 4, 2013

JBLM’s Sharp Resource Center Tries a New Approach

Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

The Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, Resource Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., is the first of its kind and is so new that no written document in the Army exists on how it should run.

Article published on: December 3, 2013

By Example: ‘Leaders Cannot Afford To Lose Their Soldiers’ Trust and Respect’

Staff Sgt. Christopher Harper
82nd Airborne Division, Public Affairs

82nd Airborne Division, Public Affairs In this special edition of “By Example” the NCO Journal looks back at the 36-year career of Command Sgt. Major Thomas Capel. Times were different 36 years ago when 18-year-old Pvt. Thomas Capel, a North Carolina native, enlisted in the U.S. Army. The country had only just emerged from conflict in Vietnam and was locked in the midst of the Cold War.

Article published on: December 2, 2013


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