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30th Anniversary of the NCO Journal



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“For as long I as I have been a noncommissioned officer, the NCO Journal has been a trusted source of professional development on topics like leadership and training for our Corps. In this 30th Anniversary Edition, I challenge each of you to reflect on how far we have come since the inception of the NCO Journal.”

— Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston




*The following articles are linked to the special edition PDF because they were written before the NCO Journal had a website.

School of Sand: Desert Lessons
By Sgt. 1st Class John K. D’Amato

How Do You Set Their Souls on Fire?
By Master Sgt. John McLennon

His Name Was Bourdo
By Staff Sgt. Judith Bradford

The Board: How to Survive the “Hot Seat”
By Staff Sgt. Denver G. Smith

Instilling Pride
By Lt. Col. Cole Kingseed & Command Sgt. Maj. Ron R. Semon

Sometimes it’s Just Listening and Hearing What’s Said
By Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bergman

My Platoon Sergeant Always Made Me Look Good in Front of the Platoon
By Lt. Col. Earnest N. Bracey

Taking Care of Soldiers
By Lt. Col. Greg Kaufmann

Lasting First Impressions
By Col. Fredrick Van Horn

“Top” Olivari Says…Stay in Your Lane
By Command Sgt. Maj. J.D. Pendry

The First Sergeant

Corporals: Where NCO Leadership Begins
By Staff Sgt. David Abrams

CSA Counts on NCOs to Keep the Spirit Alive
By Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, CSA

Dealing With Failure
By Master Sgt. James H. Clifford

School of Hard Knocks
By Sgt. 1st Class William W. Applegarth

Sgt. John Denny’s Actions Set Example of Courage

Honor is as Honor Does
By Staff Sgt. Glenn Coe

First Sergeant Major of the Army Reflects on 60 Years of Change
By Master Sgt. Lisa Hunter

Noncitizen Soldiers Deserve Our Highest Respect
By (13th) Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston

Outcome-based Training & Education: Targeting the Intangibles
By Staff Sgt. Mary E. Ferguson

Developing Great Leadership
By Sgt. Nicholas E. Teague

Our Warrior Ethos: An Essay
By 1st Sgt. Tammy Treat

Full-spectrum Brainpower: A New Dimension of Readiness
By Andrew S. Korim

Battling Toxic Leadership
By Jennifer Mattson


*The following articles are linked to their respective websites.

NCOs: Training Lieutenants One at a Time
By Cameron M. Wesson

The Importance of a Leader FTX
By Master Sgt. Roger Matthews

Sept. 20, 1863 — The Youngest NCO Earns His Stripes
By Pablo Villa

NCOs Challenges, Rewarded by Training in Multinational Environments
By 1st Sgt. Tyler Bell

Hard Lessons for New Sergeants
By Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex

Leadership in the Social Media Age
By NCO Journal Staff

Defining & Assessing Lethality
By Sgt. 1st Class Zachary J. Krapfl

Pregnancy or Promotion
By Sgt. Maj. Kacie K. Dunn

Diversity is Our Army’s Strength
By Sgt. Maj. Alexander Aguilastratt

Bridging the Officer-NCO PME Divide
By Maj. George J. Fust III & Sgt. Maj. Jeffery D. Howard

Why We Write
By Sgt. 1st Class Hector M. Najera

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