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NCO Journal September 2018 Articles

The official magazine of noncommissioned officer professional development

Why the Center for Army Lessons Learned is more relevant than ever: (and how NCOs can harness this resource)

By Sgt. 1st Class Michael Benvenuto
Military Analysis, Tactical Branch, Center for Army Lessons Learned

In a recent interview with Army Magazine, Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, noted the importance of constant improvement to the development of Soldiers and officers. He specifically mentioned how the resources at the Center for Army Lessons Learned can support that development. “We still sometimes make the same mistakes two or three times, but when one leader or one unit learns a lesson somewhere in the Army, there’s a deliberate process to spread that around. I think it’s one of the strengths of our Army,” Townsend said (Cavallaro, 2018).

Article published on: September 25, 2018

Using experience to bridge the gap

By Sgt. Bryan J. McCallion
Breacher Co., 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division

NCOs' hard-earned wisdom can influence their Soldiers’ professional development significantly. It can affect how they address issues, solve problems, mentor their Soldiers, and develop tactical and technical proficiency.

Article published on: September 6, 2018