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NCO Journal March 2014 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

The Army is Serious about Cyber Operations

By Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney D. Harris U.S. Army Cyber Command

The Army, having recently graduated the first two groups of cyber defense NCOs at Fort Gordon, Ga., is well on its way to benefiting from the investment it is making in its cyber mission force.

Article published on: March 28, 2014

In Korea, NCOs Get Real Taste of Partnership through KATUSA Program

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

One of the important lessons learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the need to train and work in tandem with the in-country partners of the U.S. Army.

Article published on: March 25, 2014

Newest Medal of Honor Recipients Inducted into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

One day after the President awarded them the nation’s highest award for valor, the three most recent living recipients of the Medal of Honor were inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on Wednesday along with 21 posthumous recipients.

Article published on: March 21, 2014

The Importance of a Leader FTX

By Master Sgt. Roger Matthews
U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Sergeants Major Course, Class 64

The job of new commanders’ and new first sergeants’ is to develop a cohesive, mission-ready team capable of accomplishing missions across the full spectrum of operations.

Article published on: March 20, 2014

This Month in NCO History: March 30, 1968 — The First Female Command Sergeant Major

By Pablo Villa

Women in the Army have enjoyed several recent milestones, most recently the announcement that 33,000 positions previously closed to female Soldiers will open in April.

Article published on: March 19, 2014

President Awards ‘Long Overdue’ Medal of Honor to 24 Soldiers, Including 17 NCOs

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journall

In an emotion-filled ceremony at a crowded East Room at the White House on Tuesday, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II.

Article published on: March 19, 2014

Posthumous Medal of Honor Nominees Exemplified Heroism in Three Wars

Compiled by Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

President Barack Obama announced Feb. 21 that he will award the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans during a March 18 ceremony at the White House. The award, the highest for valor, is an upgrade from the Distinguished Service Cross that the Soldiers received for their intrepid actions, personal bravery and devotion to duty during actions against enemy forces.

Article published on: March 14, 2014

SMA Chandler says Opening Spots for Women Will Not Lower Standards

David Vergun
Army News Service

There’s been a lot of bad press” and “a lot of misinformation” about whether or not the Army is lowering its standards by the possibility of opening up military occupational specialties previously closed to women, said the Army’s top enlisted leader.

Article published on: March 13, 2014

Medal of Honor Nominee Sgt. 1st Class Morris: With Training, You Don’t Think; You Do

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

The first thing retired Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris had to do after the president called to tell him he’d be receiving the Medal of Honor next week was to recover from the shock.

Article published on: March 13, 2014

Medal of Honor Nominee Master Sgt. Rodela: They Were My People

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

Then-Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela had already served 14 years in the Army when in 1969, as part of Detachment B-36, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), he was given the task of training raw Cambodian recruits to fight against the North Vietnamese.

Article published on: March 12, 2014

Medal of Honor Recipient, D-Day Veteran Laid to Rest

By Sgt. Daniel Stoutamirell

Walter D. Ehlers, the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Normandy campaign, was laid to rest Saturday, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., in a ceremony attended by family, friends and admirers who came to pay their final respects to a great man.

Article published on: March 11, 2014

45 Years After Their Gallantry, Retired NCOs are Humbled to Receive Nation’s Highest Honor

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

Three former NCOs were living lives of quiet retirement. Then one day last year, the president called.

Article published on: March 11, 2014

NCO’s Continued Service ‘More Than Just an Inspiration’

By Carrie E. David

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Every American Soldier is familiar with and strives to live by the seven Army values, but for one U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Soldier, despite receiving a life-changing diagnosis in 2013, he continues to serve and to live by them all: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.n

Article published on: March 10, 2014

From Weapons Systems to Squad Leaders, Cyber NCOs Protect All That’s Connected

By Michael L. Lewis
NCO Journal

In an age where everything is now networked — including weapons systems, squad leaders and desktop computers — the protection of that network and everything connected to it has become a life-or-death mission for the Army. As the Army establishes the organizational structure, educational institutions and doctrine for its cyber force, the way that force fights is changing with astonishing speed, and NCOs are integral to making sure the Army keeps up, said Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, the senior enlisted advisor of the Army’s cyber force headquarters, U.S. Army Cyber Command.

Article published on: March 4, 2014


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