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NCO Journal October 2015 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

This Month In NCO History: Oct. 3, 2009 — A Battlefield Pledge Honored On The Gridiron

By Pablo Villa

"It was easy to lose sight of former Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez earlier this month on the sideline of Memorial Stadium on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina."

Article published on: October 29, 2018


The New NCOER And The Need For Graduate-Level Counselors

By Sgt. Maj. William E. White Jr.
The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

"Let us, as an NCO Corps and as leaders, decide to be graduate-level counselors who build graduate-level leaders for the future of our Army."

Article published on: October 29, 2018


Fusion Center's NCOs Spread IED Lessons to Keep Soldiers ‘Left of Boom’

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester
NCO Journal

"The report published by the Irregular Warfare Analysis Cell features a map with scattered red dots indicating where improvised explosive devices have detonated. But the map isn’t of Iraq or Afghanistan. The map is of the Asia-Pacific region, an area with a surprisingly high number of IED attacks occurring in U.S. partner nations."

Article published on: October 27, 2018


Master Leader Course's Launch is One Step in Overhaul of NCO Education

NCO Journal Staff Report

A new Master Leader Course pilot begins this week as part of a revamping of NCO education and professional development. “As you may or may not know, the Master Leader Course is now official,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr. of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaking Oct. 14 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition"

Article published on: October 21, 2018


NCOs Pivotal in Boosting U.S. Military's Language Skills

By Clifford Kyle Jones

“One of the world’s premier foreign language schools has a six-year plan to boost the quality of its graduates’ communication skills, and the military’s noncommissioned officers will play a key role in getting them there. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center intends to boost its standards by requiring about 25 percent more proficiency from its graduates. A key part of that mission — called the “2-plus plan” — is an increase in the use of immersion training.”

Article published on: October 20, 2015


Military's Shifting Needs Lead to Changes in Arabic Instruction

By Clifford Kyle Jones
NCO Journal

"...regardless of how requirements change or which languages come in and out of vogue at the institute, Coppi says its NCOs are ready to help Soldiers achieve proficiency and provide commanders with Soldiers who can meet the needs of any mission."

Article published on: October 20, 2018


NCOs Gain Electronic Warfare Skills at White Sands Missile Range

By Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

"As Shane Cunico, chief of the Experimental Support Branch, tells it, the work that scientists and engineers at White Sands Missile Range do to develop the Army’s next generation of defense systems is dependent on key contributions from Army Research Laboratory’s noncommissioned officers."

Article published on: October 15, 2018


2015 Soldier of the Year is Already Eyeing His Next Title

NCOJ Staff Report

"Spc. Jared Tansley wasn’t surprised to be on the stage at the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Awards Luncheon on Monday. And he expects to be back soon. The 11B infantryman with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, in Vilseck, Germany, was named the winner of this year’s Best Warrior Competition. He represented U.S. Army Europe."

Article published on: October 14, 2018


NCOs Lend Expertise to Army Research Laboratory

Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

"Working among the scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory has given Sgt. Maj. Kevin M. Connor a new appreciation for how much work goes into the equipment he and his Soldiers have used on the battlefield. Before he came to Maryland, and an issue with military equipment arose, Connor didn’t know there was an organization in the Army he could turn to, one which links the military and science communities."

Article published on: October 13, 2018


Best Warrior Competition Closes First Phase

Pablo Villa
NCO Journal

"The U.S. Army’s Best Warrior Competition shifted gears on Day 4. The competition, which pits Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers in competition for the coveted title of the Best of the Best in the Army, moved to a night-time setting for events Wednesday, the last day of the first phase of competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The competition is a grueling, weeklong event that tests the skills, knowledge, and professionalism of 26 warriors representing 13 commands. On Wednesday, competitors completed a memorization test before taking part in a 12-mile ruck march through the crisp Virginia night."

Article published on: October 8, 2018


Best Warrior Competition Keeps Soldiers Guessing and Moving

Martha C. Koester
NCO Journal

"Fort A.P. Hill, Va. – Day 3 of the U.S. Army’s Best Warrior Competition began with a brisk autumn wind and a mystery for the Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers vying for the coveted title of Best of the Best in the Army."

Article published on: October 7, 2018


Competitors Face New Challenges from SMA at Best Warrior

By Sgt. Lisa Vines
382nd Public Affairs Detachment

"It didn’t take long for competitors at this year’s Best Warrior Competition to see that the 2015 event is different. Day 2 of the competition opened with the standard Army Physical Fitness Test on Monday, but after that, the 26 competitors vying to be named NCO of the Year or Soldier of the Year donned their uniforms and assault packs and ran to an obstacle course the likes of which many of them had never experienced."

Article published on: October 6, 2018


2015 Best Warrior Competition Begins with Essay, Weapons Range

By Sgt. Brian Godette
382nd Public Affairs Detachment

"Soldiers, competitors, warriors. Whichever title chosen, their arrival Sunday at the Fort A.P. Hill Army training installation in Virginia marked the beginning of the U.S. Army’s 2015 Best Warrior Competition."

Article published on: October 5, 2018


Eagle Attack NCOs Mentor Cadets

By Sgt. Brian Godette
382nd Public Affairs Detachment

"Officers have a lot of responsibilities placed on them because they are officers, Brock said. Every officer has an NCO. It’s NCO business to keep officers informed of Soldier issues because NCOs have more experience dealing with them. If officers and NCOs establish that communication and work together as teammates, the organization benefits."

Article published on: October 1, 2018