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NCO Journal July 2017 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Team Army athlete uses experience to become better NCO

By Meghan Portillo, NCO Journal

I love to serve. I love people. I love my country. I love being a noncommissioned officer, because I love to see people grow.

Article published on: July 28, 2017


Year of the NCO 2020 to be rolled out

By Martha C. Koester, NCO Journal

The last time the Army celebrated the Year of the NCO was 2009, praising the accomplishments and contributions of the revered noncommissioned officer. Then came the NCO 2020 Strategy, ushering in changes to the leadership development of all NCOs.

Article published on: July 17, 2017


Rotational units help keep U.S. Army ready for battle in South Korea

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester, NCO Journal

Rotational units — Army units that rotate in for nine months before returning to their headquarters — have become a large part of the “Fight Tonight” mission in South Korea. Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Merritt, the Eighth Army command sergeant major, said rotational units have become key to keeping the peace on the Korean peninsula. The Eighth Army is the commanding formation of all U.S. Army forces in Korea.

Article published on: July 17, 2017


Rotation to Korea brings home importance of NCOs to counter-fire mission

By Jonathan (Jay) Koester, NCO Journal

The 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, headquartered at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, is on a nine-month rotation to South Korea. The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) unit has an important counter-fire mission and spends its time training to perform quick reaction exercises that counter possible North Korean threats.

Article published on: July 14, 2017


Not in My Squad leads to better NCOs

By Martha C. Koester, NCO Journal

Upon his arrival at the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), it took no time for Sgt. Maj. Boris Bolanos, senior enlisted advisor at CAPE, to realize that many junior NCOs have never seen how the first principle of mission command.

Article published on: July 14, 2017