Army Expands NCO Talent Management Programs

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Army Expands NCO Talent Management Programs

The Army is pushing forward several NCO talent management initiatives aimed at overhauling the way enlisted leaders are promoted and assigned and giving soldiers new options as they progress in their careers.

Bolstered by the success of new officer promotion and assignment programs launched early last year, the Army is advancing three new programs that focus on leadership positions for senior NCOs.

Webinar to Discuss Enlisted Talent Management

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Webinar to Discuss Enlisted Talent Management

Two members of the Army Talent Management Task Force will discuss new programs for enlisted soldiers during a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Maj. Jed Hudson and Sgt. Maj. Robert Haynie will speak Feb. 24 during The AUSA Noon Report.

The event begins at noon Eastern. It is free, but registration is required here.

SMA Continues Effort to Build Strong Junior Leaders

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SMA Continues Effort to Build Strong Junior Leaders

The Army is working to give junior leaders more time so they can focus on getting to know their soldiers and building disciplined, fit and proficient teams, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said.

“This has got all of our attention,” he said. “In order to be able to know everybody in your squad, I’ve got to give you time to know your soldiers.”

Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

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Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

A soldier representing Army Futures Command and an NCO from Army Special Operations Command have been named the winners of the 19th annual Best Warrior Competition.

The 2020 Soldier of the Year is Sgt. James Akinola, a combat medic assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Berger, who is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado.

SMA, Squad Leaders Participate in Webinar on Race

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SMA, Squad Leaders Participate in Webinar on Race

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston and a handful of squad leaders will participate in an Aug. 31 Association of the U.S. Army webinar on racial issues and diversity in the force.

The session, part of The AUSA Noon Report series, will be the third installment in an ongoing AUSA-hosted discussion on race.

New Test Measures Soldiers’ Suitability for In-Demand Jobs

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New Test Measures Soldiers’ Suitability for In-Demand Jobs

The Army is developing a test that will better assess a soldier’s skills and abilities and help leaders put the right person in the right job, the senior enlisted soldier for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command said.

The effort, which is part of the service’s ongoing talent management initiative, would help the Army determine which soldiers are best suited for in-demand jobs such as recruiter, drill sergeant and observer coach/trainer, Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden said during a panel discussion at the recent Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

SMA Emphasizes Team, Fundamentals at AUSA 2019

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SMA Emphasizes Team, Fundamentals at AUSA 2019

From fitness and nutrition to mastering the fundamentals, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston wants to empower noncommissioned officers to take care of their soldiers and build cohesive teams.

In remarks Oct. 14 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Grinston called on the audience, many of them NCOs, to focus on an initiative he calls "This is My Squad."

“This is my squad, I don’t let anything happen to my squad,” Grinston said. “It shows ownership, something you’re proud of. This is going to be the driving force.”

NCO Promotions, Unusual Jobs Featured in August Podcasts

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NCO Promotions, Unusual Jobs Featured in August Podcasts

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing four new podcasts in August, including a discussion about the new NCO evaluation system, a look at three unusual Army jobs and information on resilience training for military families.

New Sergeant Major of the Army Named

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New Sergeant Major of the Army Named

The senior enlisted leader for the U.S. Army Forces Command has been selected to be the next sergeant major of the Army.

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston will succeed Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, who is retiring after more than four years as the Army’s top enlisted leader.

Grinston, who has been at FORSCOM since 2017, is slated to become the 16th sergeant major of the Army on Aug. 16.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve the great Soldiers and families of the United States Army," Grinston said in a statement. 

Former NCO to Receive Medal of Honor

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Former NCO to Receive Medal of Honor

A former Army staff sergeant who fought in the second Battle of Fallujah in 2004 will become the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions during the Iraq War.

David Bellavia, now 43, will be honored during a ceremony on June 25, the White House announced. He will be the fourth soldier to receive the nation’s highest valor award for actions in Iraq.

In all, five service members—three soldiers, a Marine and a sailor—have been awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions in Iraq. All the awards were presented posthumously.