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NCO Journal February 2018 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Be aware, don’t fund terrorism

By Kimball Johnson
NCO Journal

Though the fact of how terrorism works to exploit spending habits is worrying, informed NCOs can help their Soldiers learn how to prevent terrorists from using their personal information and funds.

Article published on: Feb. 28 2018


Training and Testing Physical Combat Readiness

By Maj. Shawn Dillon
2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 75th Field Artillery Brigade ("Deep Strike!")

A well-designed combat fitness physical training program can be a cornerstone of unit readiness. By employing clear metrics and testing for such a program, the unit provides both emphasis and direction. Getting PRT right sets the conditions for the entire unit.

Article published on: Feb. 26 2018


The Art of Words: Professional Writing Through the Ranks

By Dayton Ward
NCO Journal

As their careers advance and their responsibilities increase, NCOs at every level can maintain their effectiveness as leaders by continuing to hone their writing and critical thinking abilities. By investing in the improvement of these proficiencies, the Army benefits from a smarter, better-prepared leadership corps which stands ready to tackle ever greater, more complex challenges.

Article published on: Feb. 23 2018


The Philosophy of Mission Command and the NCO Corps

By Command Sgt. Maj. Paul G. Hutchings
2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

We know what mission command is, and knowing is half the battle, but do we practice mission command at the NCO level? Is mission command, especially the philosophy, even in the realm of the NCO? Lastly, how do we create agile and adaptive leaders?

Article published on: Feb. 21 2018


A look into the future of Army aviation

By Sgt. 1st Class Juan C. Ayon
A Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade

NCO leadership remains the cornerstone of aviation maintenance. SFC Ayon's observation is that NCOs in the AH-64 world are empowered to perform their duties and are held liable for that prowess.

Article published on: Feb. 19, 2018


NCOs share what they need to support FM 3-0

By Kimball Johnson
NCO Journal

With the recent update of FM 3-0, NCOs need to consider how future training and technological innovations support everything for different size formations. Various NCOs in units across the Army provided input on how the Army can help them meet future challenges.

Article published on: Feb. 16, 2018


This NCO's in Charge

By Staff Sgt. William H. McMichael
Soldier Magazine
Published in the NCO Journal's 1991 fall issue

Sgt. Trombley had faith in the ability of his men. If he saw a problem, a quick teaching point solved it. He managed to combine hands-on training with a real-world mission.

Article published on: Feb. 14, 2018


NCO participation "critical" to Army's modernization efforts

By Master Sgt. Maggie Nelson
NCO Journal

The U.S. Army senior leadership is restructuring the way it acquires major pieces of equipment and modernizing the way the acquisition community is structured. On Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, the NCO Journal interviewed Undersecretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey regarding modernization and the role of NCOs in the modernization process.

Article published on: Feb. 9, 2018


National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency NCOs Impact Global Threats

By NGA Office of Corporate Communications

At the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, joint-service military personnel provide timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security throughout the Department of Defense and intelligence community.

Article published on: Feb. 9, 2018


What the Warrior Ethos means to me

By Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk W. Conley
10th Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army National Guard
Published in From One Leader to Another by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013

The Warrior Ethos is a subset of our Soldier's Creed. It is the heart and soul of the Creed and is four simple, yet powerful sentences. Without the Ethos, the Creed does not stand.

Article published on: Feb. 7, 2018


Sergeants Are Not Crusaders

By Sgt. Sam White
Published in the NCO Journal's 1991 fall issue

There are many terms you can use to describe what makes a good NCO. The best NCOs are good leaders, good teachers, good counselors and good organizers. But above all, I feel the Army's top NCOs are enablers.

Article published on: Feb. 5, 2018


Emotional Intelligence

By 1st Sgt. Richard Cole
Published in From One Leader to Another Volume II by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2015

Having the skill to be conscious of ourselves within the law of thought and emotion require us to work the process through application, self-analysis, and experience.

Article published on: Feb. 2, 2018