NCO Journal December 2015 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Small Alaskan Community Counts On NCO as Face of Army National Guard

By Sgt. Marisa Lindsay
Alaska National Guard Public Affairs

Article published on: December 24, 2015

The Alaska Army National Guard has plans to train and conduct outreach campaigns for this coming year in rural Alaska, as a part of Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s rural Guard initiative


Senior NCO Overcomes Setback, Learns Value of Medical Profiles

By Staff Sgt. Heather Denby
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

Article published on: December 23, 2015

“Compassion of my leadership is what got me where I am today and I plan to give it all that I have as long as I am here.”


NCOs Honor RDECOM, NASA Ties on Staff Ride

By Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

Article published on: December 23, 2015

The NCOs who attended the training sessions are assigned to either Headquarters, ARL or the six research, development and engineering centers.


RDECOM’S NCOS Use Expertise to Assist in Army Product Development

By Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

Article published on: December 22, 2015

“Being a part of RDECOM really completes everything for me and what I’ve done on the operational side of the house”


Bradley Maintenance NCO Goes the Extra Mile

By Meghan Portillo
NCO Journal

Article published on: December 18, 2015

Hunter said a good NCO is one who, ... always strives to better himself and remains dedicated to every aspect of his Soldiers’ development.


Operation Toy Drop Continued in NCO’s Honor after His Death

By Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres
U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command

Article published on: December 17, 2015

“Randy left a legacy. … It’s blown into a huge operation, and I think Toy Drop will be here as long as kids are in need.”


Mongolian NCO Blazes Trail for Fellow Females

By Sachel Harris, U.S. Army Alaska

Article published on: December 16, 2015

“I want female soldiers to learn and to be strong,” she said. “I want them to hope and dream.”


This Month in NCO History: Dec. 20, 1989 — Intel NCO Saves Lives In Panama

By Pablo Villa

Article published on: December 10, 2015

“My personal philosophy of leadership and command, which today I do as a private business person, it doesn’t matter who thinks of the plan or the idea,” Bonilla said in a video that played during the ceremony in June at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. “So my philosophy is working as a team and putting into play the best plan indifferent to who comes up with it.”


Former NCO Returns to the Ring in Showcase Main Event

By Pablo Villa

Article published on: December 9, 2015

“Vasquez is a former sergeant with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He deployed to Iraq twice during a nine-year career. The fight is the co-main event of a card headlined by a welterweight championship clash between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero.


Former NCO, Quadruple Amputee Inspires Others To ‘Never Give Up. Never Quit.’

NCO Journal staff report

Article published on: December 8, 2015

“I put personal friends in body bags. They’re not here. I am,” Mills told CNN last year. “How selfish would it be if I gave up?”


NCOs Raised Many Concerns with Dailey at NCO Solarium II

NCO Journal wire report

Article published on: December 4, 2015

The NCO Solarium II was Nov. 17-20 at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The solarium, led by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, is part of an Army chief of staff initiative to inform and shape the future direction of the U.S. Army.


Defense Secretary Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

NCO Journal wire report

Article published on: December 3, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception.


Jungle Training NCOs Teach Skills Ignored During Desert Combat

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

Article published on: December 2, 2015

“The Jungle Course is extremely important because if you can fight in close country or the thick vegetation without line of sight of your friendly forces and being able to maneuver onto the enemy, it will translate anywhere,”


CSM Tells New Sergeants Major Importance of Leadership, Reserves

By Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

Article published on: December 1, 2015

As the senior enlisted advisor of the Army Reserve component, Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr. has seen first-hand how important Reserve Soldiers are to the total Army’s operations and how reservists’ diverse skills benefit the service.