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NCO Journal May 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development.

Oklahoma Guardsman Focuses On Community Ravaged By Tornado

Department of Defense

MOORE, Okla – The May 20 tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma communities of Newcastle, Oklahoma City and Moore left a wide path of destruction for the families who live in the area as well as the first responders who rendered aid.

Article published on: May 30, 2013


TRADOC Recognizes 2012 Instructors of the Year

Army News Service

Gen Robert W. Cone, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, congratulated the winners of the 2012 TRADOC Instructors of the Year during the 24th Annual TRADOC IOY Awards on May 22 at the TRADOC Headquarters on Fort Eustis, Va.

Article published on: May 29, 2013


Croatian Land Forces’ Top Enlisted Soldier Joins Elite U.S. Army Europe NCO Organization

Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
U.S. Army Europe

U.S. Army Europe honored the highest-ranking enlisted member of the Croatian Land Forces with the award of the first Sergeant Morales Medal presented to a non-U.S. soldier.

Article published on: May 29, 2013


Army Explores Futuristic Uniform For Special Forces

From the Army News Service

Army researchers are responding to a request from the U.S. Special Operations Command for technologies to help develop a revolutionary Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.

Article published on: May 29, 2013


U.S. Army Europe, Danish Forces Wrap Up Annual Multinational Senior NCO Conference

Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
U.S. Army Europe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The seventh Conference of European Armies for Noncommissioned Officers wrapped up here this week.

Article published on: May 28, 2013


From the SA, CSA and SMA: June is National Safety Month

NCO Journal

Accidental Army fatalities remain at near record lows, continuing a positive trend indicative of a growing awareness of the importance of safety in our formations.

Article published on: May 28, 2013


Decisive Action: How to fight and sustain in the Army’s future battles

David Crozier
NCO Journal

What will be next for the Army after 2014, when it pulls out of Afghanistan, where it has conducted counterinsurgency, or COIN, operations for more than a decade? Where will the next fight be and how will the Army fight it?

Article published on: May 28, 2013


2013 Memorial Day Tribute

NCO Journal

2013 Memorial Day Tribute

Article published on: May 27, 2013


The New MFTC: What about APFT Scores?

Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

The members of the Physical Readiness Division are familiar with the criticism that the exercises outlined in FM 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training, look “soft” and that average Army Physical Fitness Test scores have fallen in some places where PRT has been implemented.

Article published on: May 24, 2013


Furloughs to Close Commissaries on Mondays

Michael L. Lewis
From American Forces Press Servicel

When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said.

Article published on: May 24, 2013


Toolkit: Structured Self-Development

Jennifer Mattson
NCO Journal

Since April 1, Soldiers reporting to the Warrior Leader Course were required to have completed Structured Self-Development 1. Those who have not will be turned away from school.

Article published on: May 23, 2013


The New MFTC: How Do I Get In?

Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

To enroll in the Master Fitness Trainer Course, NCOs must score an 80 on each event of the Army Physical Fitness Test, which is 20 points higher than passing on each event, and they can’t be injured.

Article published on: May 23, 2013


Soldiers Urged To ‘Know the Signs’ For Summer Safety

Directorate of Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commences its official summer safety campaign and encourages all Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and family members to remain prepared for the fun and hazards associated with warmer weather.

Article published on: May 23, 2013


NCO’s Daughter’s Artwork Showcased on Google

NCO Journal Staff Report

Check out the Google home page today, and you’ll see a poignant message from an Army daughter to her dad.

Article published on: May 23, 2013


The New MFTC: What Are The Differences?

Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

The Master Fitness Trainer Course being rolled out across the continental United States this year and outside CONUS next year is a revised version of the MFTC discontinued in 2001.

Article published on: May 22, 2013


Master Fitness Trainer Course Explains Whys of PRT

Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

You probably know how to conduct the Army’s Physical Readiness Training. But the new Master Fitness Trainer Course is here to tell you why Soldiers conduct PRT — and how they can do it better.

Article published on: May 21, 2013


Warrior Games Close With Strong Showing from Army

NCO Journal Wire Reports

The Marine Corps won its fourth Chairman’s Cup at the 2013 Warrior Games, but each one of the 260 wounded, ill and injured service members who competed are champions.

Article published on: May 20, 2013


Senior Enlisted Advisors Mark Armed Forces Day

Michael L. Lewis
From American Forces Press Service

To mark Armed Forces Day, the services’ senior enlisted advisors joined the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony here at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Article published on: May 19, 2013


Hagel Announces Fewer Furlough Days for DoD Civilian Employees

Michael L. Lewis
From American Forces Press Service

After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department’s civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July, but that because of other efforts to deal with the shortfall, only half of the 22 days originally envisioned as temporary layoffs will now be necessary.

Article published on: May 17, 2013


Army: Soldiers Must Consider OPSEC When Using Social Media

Lisa Ferdinando
Army News Service

It’s as easy as a click of a mouse or a tap on a smartphone. And in a few seconds, sensitive Army information might be shared that could get Soldiers killed.

Article published on: May 17, 2013


SMA: We Can Never Say Thank You Enough To Our Wounded Warriors

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

Warrior Games and similar activities are “testaments to the nation’s support for our wounded warriors, honoring their service and sacrifices,” said the Army’s top enlisted leader.

Article published on: May 16, 2013


SMA Chandler: Where Board Questions Should Come From

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

NCO leaders from across our Army must change their semicentralized board procedures to include updated initiatives from across our Army.

Article published on: May 16, 2013


CSM Coroy: Routine Ethics for Company-Level Leaders

Command Sgt. Maj. James Coroy
199th Infantry Brigade

Infantry Brigade Twelve years of persistent conflict has inculcated an entire generation of leaders with moral and ethical lessons. Incidents in Abu Ghraib and Mahmudiyah highlighted the need to refine ethics training within the officer and non-commissioned officer education systems.

Article published on: May 16, 2013


CSA Sends: Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Gary Sheftick
Army News Service

Over the last twelve years of war, our Army has demonstrated exceptional competence, courage and resiliency in adapting to the demands of war and accomplishing the mission.

Article published on: May 16, 2013


‘Sergeant’ Means ‘Servant’How NCOs Typify the Servant Leader

Jennifer Mattson
NCO Journal

It is seen in the sergeant who helps the private move into his barracks. It’s seen when that same sergeant corrects that private on how to conduct Army business.

Article published on: May 14, 2013


New Book Provides Leadership Lessons to NCOs

Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

More than 50 senior NCOs have come together and contributed to a new book of leadership wisdom, From One Leader to Another.

Article published on: May 14, 2013


NCO Looks to Claim More Gold Medals at Warrior Games

Staff Sgt. Brent C. Powell
210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Some men are born to be famous. Some are born to be businessmen; some scientists, some engineers, astronauts or even rock stars. Sgt. Delvin Maston says he was born to be an athlete, and plans on showcasing his world-class athletic skills during the 2013 Warrior Games this week in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Article published on: May 12, 2013


NCO Makes History as First Female Sergeant in Her MOS

Marie Berberea
Fort Sill Cannoneer

For Sgt. Pamela Stenman, becoming the first female noncommissioned officer for the 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember military

Article published on: May 9, 2013


SMA Thanks Veterans Of The ‘Greatest Generation’

David Vergun
Army News Service

The veterans of World War II “gave something of themselves to protect each and every one of us, to do what needed to be done — the dirty work of war,” said the Army’s top enlisted Soldier.

Article published on: May 8, 2013


Innovative Programs Transform Wounded Soldiers into Elite Athletes

Elaine Sanchez
Brooke Army Medical Center

Staff Sgt. Michael Lage may be loyal to his Army green, but he’s hoping to add some gold to his uniform next week when he vies for medals in cycling.

Article published on: May 8, 2013


Field Artillery Training Integrates Women into Combat Specialties

Marie Berberea
Fort Sill Cannoneer

The loud booms from the fields of Fort Sill, Okla., will sound the same. But for the first time, women will also be responsible for launching the artillery.

Article published on: May 3, 2013


 

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