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NCO Journal February 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development


By Example: ‘Make sure they excel’

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

By Example: Sgt. 1st Class Ezra Glover joined the Army at age 17 after growing up in Honolulu. He has served for more than 15 years and is currently the motor sergeant for a support element of the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kan. Glover has deployed to Iraq three times and has earned the Parachutist, Air Assault and Combat Action Badges.

Article published on: Feb. 28, 2013


Toolkit: Involuntary separations

By Jennifer Mattson
NCO Journal

As the Army draws down its force, approximately 20,000 NCOs will be subject to involuntary separation or discontinuation of service through fiscal year 2017.

Article published on: Feb. 21, 2013


Pacific region NCOs sweep Army Athlete, Coach of Year awards

By Tim Hipps
Installation Management Command

Three NCOs from the Pacific region swept the 2012 Army Male and Female Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.

Article published on: Feb. 20, 2013


The Army's legal eagles

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

There is a corps of NCOs whose knowledge of the legal intricacies of the Army is above reproach. True legal professionals, Judge Advocate General’s Corps paralegals assist the Army’s attorneys, or judge advocates, in everything but what barracks lawyers do most: giving legal advice. Nonetheless, they are indispensable members of the Army’s law firm, which is like none other.

Article published on: Feb. 19, 2013


USASOC Soldier earns Soldier’s Medal for saving a life

By Andrew Tate
U.S. Army Special Operations Command

A Soldier with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command was awarded the Soldier’s Medal on Feb. 13 for saving the life of a civilian in Spring Lake, N.C., by pulling her from the inside of her vehicle after she’d been in an accident that left her unconscious.

Article published on: Feb. 15, 2013


From the CSM: Mentorship basics haven’t changed

By Command Sgt. Maj. John K. Miyata
3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion

As the command sergeant major of the 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion, it’s a priority of mine to ensure not just Soldiers’ well-being, but also to use my experiences and knowledge to set them up for success in their future careers.

Article published on: Feb. 14, 2013


Doing what has to be done

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

The special agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, are more than similar characters you may have seen on TV. Though they usually wear civilian attire, they are Soldiers, the Army’s truth-seekers, who descend on felony crime scenes to collect evidence, interview witnesses and suspects, and piece together to the best of their ability how, why and if a crime occurred.

Article published on: Feb. 12, 2013


President awards Medal of Honor to hero of COP Keating

By C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service

President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha during a ceremony Feb. 11 in the East Room of the White House. Romesha, the fourth living service member to receive the medal for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, earned the Medal of Honor for actions Oct. 3, 2009, at Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province, Afghanistan.

Article published on: Feb. 11, 2013


California Guardsman claims top honors at Small Arms Championship

By Michael Molinaro
U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit

A California National Guardsman needed an extra suitcase to haul away the hardware he collected at this year’s U.S. Army Small Arms Championship held in early February at Fort Benning, Ga. Sgt. 1st Class Geoffrey Applegate won the overall individual championship, ending the reign of the competition’s four-time defending champion and putting an exclamation point on an outstanding two-week run at the All-Army competition.

Article published on: Feb. 11, 2013


This Month in NCO History: February 7, 1968

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley Jr. was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in December 1969 for his “resolute valor” and “critical diversionary pressure,” during a battle to rescue a small force trapped in a camp in Lang Vei, Vietnam.

Article published on: Feb. 7, 2013


Preventing and responding to sexual assault

By Jennifer Mattson
NCO Journal

The Army is being more proactive about dealing with sexual assault — both responding to it and preventing it within its ranks.

Article published on: Feb. 5, 2013


SEAC: ‘Back to the Basics’ Is Not What Our Force Needs to Retune

By Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia
The Joint Staff

It is no secret that our enduring deployment cycle and focus on current conflicts have caused some degradation and receding of core competencies and skill sets, impacting traditional roles, missions and even methods of operating. Said another way, the heavy emphasis on prepping for the next deployment has provided misalignment to some of the simple tenets of soldiering and survival in an otherwise extended garrison or unit setting.

Article published on: Feb. 1, 2013


February 2013 Print Edition

The February 2013 issue, archived as a PDF in DVIDS, features NCOs and the Law: Criminal Investigation Command, Army paralegals, and sexual assault prevention and response; the history of the 10th Mountain Division and more.

Historical note: The NCO Journal began its transition to an online only format in November 2012. Some articles were in both Print and HTML formats. During the month of February 7 articles were posted in HTML. These articles are also found in the February 2013 Print Editon. February 2013 was the last print edition of the NCO Journal.