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NCO Journal March 2015 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

NCOs Help Build True Partnerships in Central, South America and Caribbean

By Michael L. Lewis – NCO Journal

The geography and people within the area of responsibility of U.S. Army South are wholly different than what most U.S. NCOs have experienced in their careers. Similarly different are the ways the command makes use of NCOs’ core skills of leading, caring, training and maintaining while promoting the command’s motto, “Juntos Podemos! — Together We Can!”

Article published on: March 31, 2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Prepares for Warrior Games

By Benny Ontiveros – U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command

Army Sgt. 1st Class Katie Kuiper is using adaptive sports as a bridge for her transition to civilian life. Kuiper, assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, suffered a head injury that proved to be challenging, but through the Army physical fitness and adaptive sports program, her goals are quickly being reached. She’ll be involved in the Army trials being held March 30 through April 3 at Fort Bliss, Texas, in preparation for the 2015 Warrior Games slated June 19-28 at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia.

Article published on: March 27, 2015

Dailey to Bring Soldiers to Washington to ‘Own’ SHARP Problem, Solution

By C. Todd Lopez – Army News Service

Since the Army first began its effort to eliminate sexual assault in the ranks, the agenda, the training, and the delivery has been driven by Army senior leadership. Junior Soldiers will soon be given an opportunity to provide input as well.

Article published on: March 26, 2015

This Month in History: March 20, 1945 — Charging foxholes on the Villa Verde Trail

By Pablo Villa

Staff Sgt. Ysmael Villegas was known as “Smiley” by family members and friends in his native Casa Blanca, Calif. The nickname spoke of his easygoing, cheerful demeanor. He was described as an ordinary 20-year-old who enjoyed dancing and tending to his lime green 1937 Buick, which he dubbed the Green Hornet, before joining the Army in July 1944. But Villegas’ actions on March 20, 1945, a day before his 21st birthday, proved him to have extraordinary bravery.

Article published on: March 26, 2015

NCOs Deliver Medical Training to Anti-Terrorism Group in Chad, Africa

By Meghan Portillo – NCO Journal

When Sgt. Gerald Engel got off the plane for the second time in Chad, Africa, his driver ran up, delivering an enthusiastic greeting. The driver had volunteered to escort the group for a second time, thrilled that four American NCOs were returning to teach medical skills to his country’s military.

Article published on: March 24, 2015

40th Annual Culinary Arts Competition Heats Up at Fort Lee

By J.D. Leipold – Army News Service

The Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia, hosted the 40th Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event last week. The competition, which ran March 7-12, pitted against each other individuals and teams from the five U.S. service branches as well as participants from the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Article published on: March 23, 2015

NCOs Gain Knowledge, Experience at Mission Command Training Program

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester – NCO Journal

When Sgt. 1st Class Fredrick Behnke received word, while he was in Afghanistan, that his next assignment would be at the Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he was perplexed and concerned. Behnke said his first thought was, “Hey, I’m a combat arms guy. What the heck am I going to Fort Leavenworth for?” The idea of getting involved with mission command certainly didn’t ease his mind, and when he asked other NCOs about the MCTP, no one seemed to know what it was.

Article published on: March 17, 2015

JBLM Transition Services Take Center Stage During SMA Visit

By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin – 19th Public Affairs Detachment

In 2016, projections say that more than 9,500 of the service members stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will transition from military service to seek civilian employment or further their education.

Article published on: March 11, 2015

NCO Called Upon to Intensify Curriculum, Training for Chaplain Assistants

By Pablo Villa – NCO Journal

Staff Sgt. Donovon Eaddy knows how vital religious support can be for Soldiers. That’s why he approaches his job with a solemn seriousness.

Article published on: March 3, 2015