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NCO Journal July 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development.


NCO Becomes First Female Drill Sergeant for Florida Army National Guard

By Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinback
107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Five years after the National Guard was authorized drill sergeant specialties, the Florida National Guard has added another first — the first female drill sergeant in the state’s history.

Article published on: July 30, 2013


MRE Production for 2014 Does Away With Lasagna, Refried Beans, and Fajitas

By Alex Dixon
Army News Service

Barbecue shredded beef, vegetarian taco pasta and seasoned black beans will replace chicken fajitas, vegetable lasagna, refried beans and potato cheddar soup in the 2014 production of Meals, Ready-to-Eat.

Article published on: July 30, 2013


NCO To Receive Medal of Honor for Actions at Cop Keating

By Gary Sheftick
Army News Service

President Barack Obama announced July 26 that Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his “conspicuous gallantry” in Afghanistan.

Article published on: July 29, 2013


NCO Saves Teens from Burning Vehicle

By NCO Journal

The quick thinking of Staff Sgt. Michael Peters coupled with his Army training saved the lives of three teenagers trapped in a burning vehicle.

Article published on: July 26, 2013


Natick Develops Holster for M320 Grenade Launcher

By NCO Journal

Darren Bean, an equipment specialist with Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, or PM SCIE, has been working on a better way for Soldiers to carry the M320 40mm grenade launcher.

Article published on: July 25, 2013


Engaged Leadership: Beating Duis at the Company Level

By Master Sgt. James J. Martin
Directorate of Public Works, Fort Gordon

I do not claim to have a cure-all, end-all approach to problems that plague our Army. But, in 19 years, I have seen some solutions that work and others that don’t.

Article published on: July 25, 2013


100th Training Division NCO Inducted Into Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

From the Army News Service

Sgt. 1st Class Rosemary Armijo, assigned to the 100th Training Division (Operational Support), was named the newest inductee into the United States Army Reserve Command chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony July 13 hosted by the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Va.

Article published on: July 24, 2013


More Combat Jobs Could Become Open to Women Soldiers

From the Army News Service

The Army announced its plan to integrate women into combat roles last month, opening positions within 27 brigade combat teams, which includes nine National Guard brigade combat teams.

Article published on: July 23, 2013


JPAC: NCOs Help Military Account for the Missing

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

When America deploys its Soldiers into harm’s way, it does so with a solemn promise: Should those Soldiers be killed in battle, the nation pledges to do everything in its power to bring them home to their families.

Article published on: July 23, 2013


Hagel: DoD’s Future Requires Disciplined Priorities, Difficult Decisions

By NCO Journal
NCO Journal

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday the Department of Defense will need to be guided by disciplined priorities and will have to make tough choices to maintain strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment.

Article published on: July 23, 2013


South Korea-Based NCO Wins Top Service Award

From the Army News Service

A South Korea-based master sergeant was the U.S. Army’s selection for the 2013 Federally Employed Women Meritorious Service Award.

Article published on: July 23, 2013


Reservists, Families Attend Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event

By Lisa Ferdinando
Army News Service

Cradling their four-month-old son who seemed to be the center of everyone's attention, military spouse Mercedes Beekley was glad she attended a Yellow Ribbon Program event with her citizen-Soldier husband.

Article published on: July 19, 2013


July 1996: U.S. Navy Honors Army NCO

Compiled By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Stadel
NCO Journal

During a ceremony in July 1996, the United States Navy became part of U.S. Army noncommissioned officer history by paying homage to a decorated U.S. Army NCO.

Article published on: July 18, 2013


2013 Drill Sergeants of the Year Announced

By Stephanie Slater
TRADOC

The U.S. Army selected Sgt. 1st Class David E. Stover, representing Army Training Center, Fort Jackson, S.C., as the 2013 active duty U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year; and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. McCaffrey, representing the 98th Reserve Division, as the 2013 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year.

Article published on: July 18, 2013


From The SMA: More and More Vehicle Fatalities Involve NCOs

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

It’s summer and historically that means the number of vehicle fatalities, especially those occurring off duty, statistically will increase.

Article published on: July 17, 2013


Single Mom Promoted Atop Mountain by Her 3-Year-Old

By Army Reserve Capt. Anthony E. John
USAR TSG-Pacific

Being a Soldier and a single parent in today's Army requires a strong sense of duty, pride and perseverance. For some Soldiers, the uphill battle can be overwhelming, and for Army Sgt. 1st Class Deaundra Roseanna Dotson, life has been anything but an easy path.

Article published on: July 16, 2013


Iron Division Maintains the High Standards Set By Benjamin Franklin

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

From the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan, the NCOs of the 28th Infantry Division have been upholding the high standards of the time-honored corps for centuries.

Article published on: July 16, 2013


Deployed Troops Enter NCO Corps with Rite Of Passage

By Sgt. Tanjie Patterson
3rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

The 3rd Sustainment Brigade partnered with the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) to host a noncommissioned officer induction ceremony July 16 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Article published on: July 16, 2013


Adaptive Soldier Leader Training Is Changing Army Education

By Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca
U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md.—Members of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group are working to incorporate the Army Learning Concept 2015 into the Army’s forces through Adaptive Soldier Leader Training and Education Mobile Training Teams.

Article published on: July 15, 2013


From The SMA: Know Our Army Profession

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

The Army created ADRP 1, ‘The Army Profession.’ This manual has been approved for distribution and use in your professional development programs throughout the Army.

Article published on: July 12, 2013


Toolkit: Dealing With the Media

By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Stadel
NCO Journal

In every conflict since the Revolutionary War, members of the media have been present on the battlefield documenting American servicemembers on the front lines. During World War II for example, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal was embedded with the U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima when he snapped the iconic photo of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the Stars and Stripes on Mount Surabachi.

Article published on: July 11, 2013


SMA Chandler Joins Birthday Celebration for Warrant Officer Corps

By Alex Dixon
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — At a ceremony celebrating the 95th birthday of the Warrant Officer Corps, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell asked those in the crowd that were not warrant officers to stand.

Article published on: July 11, 2013


NCO Promotions Will Be Linked To SSD

By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Stadel
NCO Journal

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh released Army Directive 2013-15 on July 1, which established Army policies that link completion of structured self-development (SSD) and professional military education courses with promotion under a newly defined “select-train-promote” methodology. The directive applies to Active Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.

Article published on: July 11, 2013


New Army Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer Policy Takes Effect Aug. 1

NCO Journal

Beginning Aug. 1, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service.

Article published on: July 9, 2013


Finance Corps Has History of Meeting Challenges

By Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

The smallest branch of the U.S. Army is also one of the oldest.

Article published on: July 9, 2013


Department Of Defense Ready to ‘Muscle through’ Furlough Period

By NCO Journal

As the Department of Defense enters the furlough period, performing the core mission of defending the United States and its interests will be the department’s primary focus, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Monday.

Article published on: July 8, 2013


ACU-Alternate Uniform Provides Better Fit

By NCO Journal

A new Army Combat Uniform with special consideration to the female form currently is being issues to new Soldiers going through Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

Article published on: July 8, 2013


USARPAC Becomes 4-Star Headquarters during Change of Command

By Staff SGT. Amber Robinson
Army News Service

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presided over the U.S. Army Pacific change-of-command Flying V ceremony from Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski to Gen. Vincent K. Brooks on July 2 at Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Article published on: July 3, 2013


Hagel Issues Independence Day Message

By NCO Journal
American Forces Press Service

In his Independence Day message issued July 3, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops and their families for their service to the nation.

Article published on: July 3, 2013


Troops Respond To Mass Casualty Exercise

By Sgt. April De Armas
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade

An explosion rocked a hangar on Simmons Army Airfield and sent troopers into action as they exited the building to find many of their own wounded.

Article published on: July 2, 2013


Top Service Members Mark All-Volunteer Force’s Anniversary

NCO Journal
American Forces Press Service

In a letter issued July 1 to the men and women of the armed forces, the nation’s top two military officers and senior enlisted member marked the 40th anniversary of the all-volunteer force.

Article published on: July 2, 2013


Force Changes Bring Opportunities, Hagel Tells Troops

Karen Parish
American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told soldiers of the nation’s reorganizing Army today that now is the time for creative adaptation.

Article published on: July 2, 2013


Army Spells Out Long-Term Plan for Equipping Force after Drawdowns

By David Vergun,
Army News Service

One of the tasks now facing the Army is getting “the right equipment, to the right units, on the right installations, at the absolute least possible cost,” wrote the Army’s vice chief of staff.

Article published on: July 2, 2013


NCO Welder Works to Prevent Casualties along Afghanistan’s Most Important Highway

Sgt. Julieanne Morse
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

In a hot tent on Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, Afghanistan, with an American flag hanging from the ceiling works a U.S. Army welder whose recent project can help save many lives in eastern Afghanistan.

Article published on: July 1, 2013


At Work On New Cyber Strategy, Senior Military Advisor Says

From American Forces Press Service:

The Defense Department released its first strategy for operating in cyberspace two years ago this month, and officials are at work on the next version, the senior military advisor for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy said in Baltimore last week.

Article published on: July 1, 2013


 

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