The chief of staff of the Army said that naming 2009 the year of the noncommissioned officer was something that needed to be done in recognition of what they do for the service each day and inform the country what a national asset they have in the NCO Corps.
Speaking Jan. 14 at the Association of the United States Army Institute for Land Warfare breakfast in suburban Washington, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., said, “We haven’t done this since ’89. We were consolidating the gains of two decades of work in building the noncommissioned officer. …We saw the benefit of that in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. We can only expand upon.”
Adding, “It is clear to me that the noncommissioned officer is providing the glue. It allows the Army to accomplish the near impossible almost every day.”
He added that over the year the Army will “enhance how we develop our noncommissioned officers and enable them to gain even more skills.”