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NCO Journal June 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development.


SMA Chandler Describes Future Role of Women in Army during JBLM Visit

NCO Journal

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spent two days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., this week. During his stop, Chandler spoke to senior noncommissioned officers about the direction the Army is taking as it transitions into the future.

Article published on: June 28, 2013


IMCOM Leaders Stress Importance of Leadership Development, NCOs, Sharp during Wiesbaden Visit

From the Army News Service:

A visit by Installation Management Command leaders Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice drew garrison leaders from throughout Europe to Wiesbaden, Germany, to share ideas and discuss issues.

Article published on: June 28, 2013


Hagel Meets With Sexual Assault Response Systems Review Panel

NCO Journal

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had his first in-person meeting Thursday in Washington with a panel charged with reviewing the Defense Department’s response systems to sexual assaults and related crimes.

Article published on: June 27, 2013


From The SMA: Are You Really Committed To Your Soldiers?

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

Our Army has faced many challenges throughout the last 12 years, and we’ve always been successful.

Article published on: June 27, 2013


‘Beetle Bailey’ Draws Attention to PTSD, TBI

From the Army News Service:

Fans of the long-running comic strip “Beetle Bailey” saw a different approach June 16, when its creator, Mort Walker, chose to set aside his usual military-inspired humor to tackle a more serious subject.

Article published on: June 27, 2013


SHARP Stand-Down Focuses On Refresher Training, Review of Credentials

By Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

Senior leaders and NCOs throughout the Army are working to implement a sexual assault prevention and response stand-down based on a memorandum signed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on May 17.

Article published on: June 26, 2013


Eliminating Sexual Assault Begins With Changing the Culture at the Company Level

By Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

The issue of sexual assault within the Army has vaulted into the national spotlight in recent weeks because of several new incidents and a Pentagon study, released in May, that shows incidents of sexual misconduct throughout the military increased 35 percent in 2012.

Article published on: June 26, 2013


Army to Cut Brigades At 10 U.S. Bases By 2017

NCO Journal

The Army announced Tuesday it is cutting the number of brigade combat teams from 45 to 33 during the next four years as part of a major force reduction that shifts thousands of Soldiers throughout the country and moves the Army closer to spending cuts outlined by legislation from 2011.

Article published on: June 25, 2013


Hagel: Opening Combat Jobs To Women the ‘Right Thing’ To Do

NCO Journal

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told soldiers last week at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., that opening more jobs in the military to women is the right thing to do.

Article published on: June 24, 2013


Army Initiates Collaborative Effort to Address PTSD, TBI

From the Army News Service

Over the last 12 years, many Soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds, some visible and some not, said a leader in Army Medicine.

Article published on: June 24, 2013


Odierno Outlines Challenges for New Sergeants Major’

By Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told the more than 600 graduates of this year’s Sergeants Major Course that the U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps was the best in the world, but that they faced challenges to keep it that way.

Article published on: June 21, 2013


By Example: Army Education System Makes NCOs ‘Certified In What We Do’

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

This story is part of a periodic NCO Journal feature that takes a closer look at an Army award in an NCO’s career. This month we focus on the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.

Article published on: June 20, 2013


It’s summer: Time For NCOs to Remind Soldiers about Safety

By Lisa Ferdinando
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — The dog days of summer are almost upon us — the lazy days that bring opportunities for Soldiers to dust off the motorcycle, take the truck out for a spin, or enjoy a cookout with buddies.

Article published on: June 19, 2013


Pentagon Says Progress Made In Opening Jobs to Women

American Forces Press Service:

WASHINGTON — The services and U.S. Special Operations Command have completed plans to gradually open jobs to female service members that used to be closed to them, senior Pentagon officials announced Tuesday.

Article published on: June 18, 2013


NETCOM: Keeping Communication Lines Open for the Army

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journa

When Soldiers need battlefield communications, when commanders need e-mail and when the Army needs any kind of network, the NCOs of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, are there to help.

Article published on: June 18, 2013


M4 Carbine Will Continue To Be Army Weapon of Choice

Army News Service:

WASHINGTON — Soldiers will continue to use the M4 carbine or improved M4A1 carbine as their issued weapon, as the Army has concluded the Improved Carbine competition without having selected a winner.

Article published on: June 18, 2013


SMA Chandler: ADRP 1 Outlines the Army Profession

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

ADRP 1, “‘The Army Profession”, has been approved for distribution and use in professional development programs throughout the Army and is available from the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic.

Article published on: June 14, 2013


ISAF CSM Retiring After 36 Years in the Army

By Alex Dixon
International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel is handing over the reins of ISAF enlisted leadership in July, when he retires.

Article published on: June 14, 2013


Army’s Top Leaders Mark Service’s 238th Birthday

By Alex Dixon
Army News Service

At the ceremony celebrating the 238th birthday of the Army, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said birthdays can be bittersweet.

Article published on: June 14, 2013


Toolkit: Military Moves

By Jennifer Mattson

About every two to three years, Soldiers are uprooted from their current duty station and head to another one, sometimes overseas.

Article published on: June 13, 2013


SPP: Being the Backbone Where NCOs Aren’t Treated As Such

By Michael L. Lewis

As one of the original participants in the State Partnership Program, the New Jersey National Guard has built a solid and valuable relationship with Albania during the past 20 years.

Article published on: June 13, 2013


National Guard NCOs Building ‘True Partnerships’ With Foreign Armies

By Michael L. Lewis

Nearly every NCO who has deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan knows what it is like to work with soldiers from another country’s army.

Article published on: June 12, 2013


238th Army Birthday Celebrations Kick Off At Mount Vernon

From the Army News Service:

Army birthday celebrations began somberly in the nation’s capital with a wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the Continental Army’s first general in Alexandria, Va.

Article published on: June 12, 2013


Army Leaders Gather To Fight Sexual Assault

By Chris Carroll
Stars and Stripes

Nearly every Soldier who wears two or more stars gathered near Washington on Monday to rally around the idea that fighting sexual assault is priority No. 1 from the top to the bottom of the Army.

Article published on: June 11, 2013


USARPAC’s Contingency Command Post Gets There, ‘Bleeds First’

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

Because the NCOs and Soldiers of U.S. Army Pacific are called to missions in such a vast area, it is important they be skilled in setting up quickly in new territory. When an earthquake, tsunami or other disaster strikes, Soldiers need to be on the ground providing humanitarian relief as quickly as possible.

Article published on: June 7, 2013


Retired Guard NCO Honors Son by Raising Awareness

By Vaughn Larson
Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs Office

The three months between Memorial Day and Aug. 14 are the hardest for Brian Jopek, a retired staff sergeant and combat veteran with the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Article published on: June 7, 2013


Guard, Reserve NCOs Keep the Pacific Running Smoothly

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

As the rebalance to the Pacific brings U.S. Army Soldiers and NCOs back to the region to stay, it’s worth remembering who continues to make U.S. Army Pacific missions successful while they were gone.

Article published on: June 7, 2013


This Month in NCO History: June 10, 1953

Compiled by Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

Sgt. Ola Lee Mize wasn’t the most imposing figure. At 120 pounds, he was initially rejected by the Army for being too light before ultimately being allowed to enlist in 1950.

Article published on: June 6, 2013


NCOs Develop an Expeditionary Mindset in the Pacific

Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

Perhaps the largest challenge for the NCOs of U.S. Army Pacific is the vast area they conduct missions in.

Article published on: June 6, 2013


Hagel Describes Post-ISAF Afghanistan Mission

Karen Parrish
American Press Forces Service

The United States will be the largest single contributor to the follow-on NATO operation that will replace the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan in 2015 and beyond, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday at NATO headquarters.

Article published on: June 6, 2013


Congressional Panel Votes To Create Universal Camo Pattern

NCO Journal:

A Congressional committee approved a measure Wednesday that requires all U.S. armed services to wear one camouflage pattern.

Article published on: June 6, 2013


1st Armored Division Troops Aligned With CENTCOM, Ready for Eager Lion Kick-Off

From the Army News Service:

About 100 Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division are now in Jordan, within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, as part of an advance headquarters element that will pave the way for follow-on Soldiers in the June “Eager Lion” exercise.

Article published on: June 6, 2013


The Security Cooperation Program: Shaping To Avoid War

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

Spend time talking to the NCOs of U.S. Army Pacific and you’ll hear a lot of discussion about foreign partnerships and leveraging relationships to shape the Pacific. Taking the lead in building those relationships between USARPAC and foreign countries and militaries is the Security Cooperation Program.

Article published on: June 5, 2013


Soldiers Should Practice Care In Hot Weather

From Army News Service:

Participating in strenuous activities during the summer months isn’t for everyone, but for Soldiers, and the NCOs that lead them, it’s business as usual. In addition to the physical demands of Soldiering, some service members participate in extracurricular-sports activities, thus increasing their exposure to extremely hot and humid conditions.

Article published on: June 5, 2013


Fort Bragg NCO Has Recipe for Success

By Sgt. 1st Class Jessika Greendeer
1st TSC Public Affairs

Sgt. Scott Papa, a food service specialist assigned to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., knows his way around a kitchen.

Article published on: June 5, 2013


U.S. Army Makes Focus Felt In the Pacific

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

In ways both overt and behind the scenes, the U.S. Army continues to turn its focus back to the Pacific.

Article published on: June 4, 2013


Fewer PCS Moves for Soldiers As Army Lengthens Tours

NCO Journal

In an effort to increase unit preparedness and efficiency, the Army is looking to keep Soldiers in place for a longer period of time during their permanent changes of station, or PCS.

Article published on: June 4, 2013


Wisconsin NCO Awarded Silver Star Medal

NCO Journal

1st Sgt. Gregory A. Fulton, a combat engineer, earned the award — the nation’s third highest military decoration for valor, for his gallantry in action during an engagement Aug. 10, 2009, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan.

Article published on: June 3, 2013


USAREUR Honors Fallen CSM Cooke with Conference Room

NCO Journal

German and American guests gathered May 1 at the conference room to remember the sacrifices of Command Sgt. Maj. Eric F. Cooke, who was killed when his vehicle struck an explosive device on Christmas Eve 2003 north of Baghdad, Iraq.

Article published on: June 3, 2013


Army Releases New Leaders’ Handbook on Cybersecurity

From the Army News Service:

Currently, all Army commands are developing Information Assurance/Cybersecurity awareness training to address areas of weakness identified by the Army Information Assurance Self-Assessment Tool.

Article published on: June 3, 2013


Army: Don’t Forget To Sing the First Verse of the Army Song

By Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

The loud booms from the fields of Fort Sill, Okla., For nearly six decades, “The Army Goes Rolling Along” has served as the official song of the U.S. Army

Article published on: June 3, 2013


 

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