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NCO Journal November 2013 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development.


NCOs: Training Lieutenants One at a Time

Cameron M. Wesson, U.S. Army, Retired (1st Sgt.)
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

In 1988, I was serving as a fire team leader when our platoon received another new lieutenant to serve as our platoon leader. He would be the platoon’s second new lieutenant in less than a year.

Article published on: November 26, 2013


4th Infantry Division Brigade Remembers Fallen Hero

Sgt. Nelson Robles
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

What was once simply known as Building 9420 in the Wilderness Complex at Fort Carson, Colo., now stands in honor of one of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division’s fallen heroes.

Article published on: November 26, 2013


NCO And Soldier of the Year Show Resilience, Hard Work Pay Off

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

One year ago, now-Sgt. 1st Class Jason Manella was suffering from a traumatic brain injury after his third deployment. Two years ago, now-Spc. Adam Christensen was a plumber looking to do something that would make a difference. Today, they are the Army’s Best Warriors — the 2013 Army NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year — and are exemplars of how character, commitment and competence are the hallmarks of the Army profession. Announced Friday night, Nov.

Article published on: November 25, 2013


Best Warrior Day 2 Demands Precision and Creativity

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

After a draining Day 1 that challenged their soldiering skills, physical stamina and Army knowledge, competitors at the 2013 Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., were preparing for the worst on Day 2, Thursday, Nov. 21, and the evening that preceded it.

Article published on: November 21, 2013


Best Warrior Day 1 Exhausts Competitors Physically and Mentally

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

For many of the competitors in the 2013 Army Best Warrior Competition, the first day of events began and ended in darkness — both literally and figuratively.

Article published on: November 20, 2013


Competitors Get Ready To Determine NCO, Soldier of the Year

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

For the 24 Soldiers filing into the conference center at Fort Lee, Va., on Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, the weeks of preparing, studying, training and practicing were officially over. Whether or not they were ready, the Army’s premier test of everything that embodies being an American Soldier was about to begin for them — the Soldiers of the Year and the NCOs of the Year from 12 of the Army’s major commands.

Article published on: November 19, 2013


By Example: Trust in Leadership Helps When Battle Begins

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.

Article published on: November 19, 2013


NCO Tells How Rapid Equipping Force Helps Soldiers

David Vergun
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — Today’s high-tech gadgets are often obsolete in just a few years or even months. The same can go for stuff Soldiers deploy with.

Article published on: November 18, 2013


3rd ID Soldiers Welcomed Home From Afghanistan

Savannah (Ga.) Morning News

As Army Spc. Seth Wakeling propelled his wheelchair across Fort Stewart’s Cottrell Field Saturday morning he couldn’t help but smile.

Article published on: November 18, 2013


This Month in NCO History — Heroism at Grosshau, Nov. 27, 1944

Pablo Villa

Staff Sgt. Marcario Garcia came from the humblest of beginnings. But in his time with the Army, he provided several moments of grandeur.

Article published on: November 14, 2013


Commitment to Ending Sexual Harassment Now Part of NCOERs

David Vergun
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — A Soldier’s performance in regard to fostering a climate free of sexual assault and sexual harassment will now be recorded on their officer evaluation report or noncommissioned officer evaluation report.

Article published on: November 13, 2013


Refuse to Be a Hollow Force: Earn EIB, EIA

1st Sgt. John Ugarte
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment

As a senior noncommissioned officer with 16 years invested to the Army I have watched this organization as well as others operate on a limited amount of funding.

Article published on: November 12, 2013


NCOs Boost Patient Care at Military’s Only Burn Center

Meghan Portillo
NCO Journal

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the military’s only burn facility, as well as that for the civilian population in the San Antonio area. For the burn victims who become patients for life – coming back years later for follow-up treatments or surgeries — NCOs are a vital part of the team that provides individualized care for each of them.

Article published on: November 12, 2013


Registration Half-Full for Army’s Premier Marksmanship Training Event

Army News Service

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, in conjunction with Maneuver Center of Excellence, will host the 2014 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, at Fort Benning, Ga.

Article published on: November 08, 2013


Native Americans’ Service to Army, Nation Recognized in November

David Vergun
Army News Service

Throughout our Army’s 238-year history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation,” said Army leaders last week.

Article published on: November 08, 2013


Soldiers Get Glimpse into Base Camps of the Future

From the Army News Service

Innovations meant to improve Soldiers’ quality of life during deployments — while saving lives, fuel, water and money — were on display this week at the Army Base Camp Integration Laboratory at Fort Devens, Mass.

Article published on: November 07, 2013


Teamwork Is Key Part of Discipline

1st Sgt. Jeremy Mastran
1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment

Each member of the company is taught that he owns his piece of the Wolfpack. There are no expendable Soldiers, nor are there insignificant positions. Each Soldier is vital to the company’s lethality.

Article published on: November 06, 2013


Boxing Gloves Help Amputees Learn Strength and Confidence

Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

For the more than 1,000 Soldiers who’ve lost a limb during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, the road to recovery is long and hard.

Article published on: November 05, 2013


Soldiers Who Are Victims of Sexual Assault Now Entitled to Their Own Lawyer

The Army News Service

Victims of sexual assault now have the option to have legal representation following a sexual assault.

Article published on: November 04, 2013


NCO Flight Medic Receives Medal for Role In Rescue, Treatment Of 2 Marines

Mark Heeter
Army News Service

The Soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation, “Dustoff,” added another chapter to their long and deep connection with the Marine Corps on Oct. 30, when Staff Sgt. Tim Mika was awarded the Air Medal for his actions in saving two Marines in Afghanistan in 2011.

Article published on: November 04, 2013


 

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