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NCO Journal November 2016 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

New Software Helps Army Roll Out Training Apps Faster

By Mike Casey, Combined Arms Center
November 30, 2016

The Army is picking up the pace to make more training mobile applications available for Soldiers’ smart phones and computer tablets.


NCO killed in Afghanistan posthumously promoted, awarded Bronze Star

By Mike Casey, Combined Arms Center
November 30, 2016

Sgt. John Perry, 30, was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star after being killed in a suicide bombing in Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California, and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois, who also died in the Veterans Day attack, served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, which has been deployed to Afghanistan since late summer.


SMA visits, talks professional development with Soldiers in Italy

By Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds, U.S. Army Africa
November 30, 2016

As the most senior enlisted leader of the Army, Dailey understands that every decision he makes will have an effect on those he leads. “Good, bad, right or wrong, my presence influences people,” Dailey said, and on Nov. 17 Dailey’s influence would have a lasting effect on one Soldier’s career. During his visit Dailey promoted Spc. James Sheridon, a USARAF command driver and native of Wayne, Mich., to the rank of sergeant.


Cyber’s impact on military strategy

By Staff Sgt. Matthew Tinsley, 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion
November 30, 2016

Within America’s military “cyber” has held status as a powerful buzzword for many years. At all levels of military planning and operations, leaders of units have tried to get a piece of the cyber pie and integrate its concepts into their operations.


Ex-Minnesota Guardsman loses controversial decision in latest UFC bout

By Pablo Villa, NCO Journal
November 21, 2016

Timothy Johnson sought to climb higher in the UFC rankings Saturday. The trek began with a lofty challenge. The former sergeant in the Minnesota Army National Guard faced a mismatch in his heavyweight bout against Alexander Volkov as part of the main card of “UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Johnson was taking on a fighter four inches taller and with more than a two-inch reach advantage in the 6-foot-7 Russian.


This Month in NCO History: Nov. 10, 2004 — Into the hot zone at the Second Battle of Fallujah

By Pablo Villa, NCO Journal
November 17, 2016

Staff Sgt. David Bellavia was bleary eyed. He had been awake nearly 48 hours, denied sleep by a cacophony of sporadic gunfire aimed at him and his platoon as they made their way through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. He had already seen his sergeant major, company commander and executive officer cut down by enemy fire, forcing him to assume command of A Company, Task Force 2-2, 1st Infantry Division.


NCOs learn about changes in leadership development

By Martha C. Koester, NCO Journal
November 16, 2016

Putting the spotlight squarely on leadership development, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey warned senior noncommissioned officers early last month of the “tough changes” coming as part of NCO 2020 and the updated NCO Professional Development System during an NCO and Soldier forum at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Oregon Training Center Helps Soldiers Transition to Infantry

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester, NCO Journal
November 8, 2016

Out in the rolling hills of north-central Oregon, far from the crowded cities near the coast, Soldiers train to join the U.S. Army infantry. Camp Umatilla, near Hermiston, Oregon, lacks the forested landscape and waterfalls usually associated with the Pacific Northwest. Instead, Soldiers who want to change their military occupational specialty learn infantry skills while rucking past tumbleweeds and eerie-looking symmetrical mounds.


Third TRADOC Town Hall Focuses On Talent Management

By Martha C. Koester, NCO Journal
November 3, 2016

In the early days of Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport’s 30-plus year career, the young staff sergeant who was on drill sergeant duty was already weighing the merits of impressing his promotion board by getting an associate’s degree.