Panel: NCOs are ‘Glue’ for Building Lethal, Ready Forces

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Panel: NCOs are ‘Glue’ for Building Lethal, Ready Forces

From all-volunteer forces to conscript armies, NCOs serving across the Indo-Pacific must work together to prepare for an uncertain and evolving future battlefield, a panel of senior enlisted leaders said.

Speaking May 14 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Honolulu, senior enlisted leaders from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Singapore discussed the evolving role of NCOs in land power across the Indo-Pacific.

NCOs Vital to Delivering Ready, Agile Force

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NCOs on a panel at AUSA Global Force
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NCOs Vital to Delivering Ready, Agile Force

NCOs play a key role in building a force that’s ready to sustain itself on a complex and dispersed battlefield, a panel of senior enlisted leaders said March 26.

Lombardo: Army Reserve in ‘Strong Position’ for Future

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Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, the Army Reserve’s senior enlisted leader, listens to soldiers
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Lombardo: Army Reserve in ‘Strong Position’ for Future

The Army Reserve is building to compete with its adversaries and prepare for a complex future battlefield, the component’s senior enlisted leader said.

“I’m pretty confident that the Army Reserve is in a strong position and ready to meet the challenges of the future,” Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo said March 6 during an Association of the U.S. Army Noon Report webinar.

Army Reserve CSM Speaks at AUSA Webinar

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Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, the Army Reserve’s senior enlisted leader, listens to a soldier
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Army Reserve CSM Speaks at AUSA Webinar

Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, the Army Reserve’s senior enlisted leader, will speak March 6 during a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

SMA: Army Renews Focus on Standards, Discipline

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer speaks at the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Initiatives Briefing at the  AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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SMA: Army Renews Focus on Standards, Discipline

NCOs drive change across the Army, and they will have a critical role as the service renews its focus on standards and discipline, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer said.

“We’re going to get after standards and discipline,” Weimer said Oct. 11 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition. “I can’t go anywhere in the Army and not have a conversation about standards and discipline.”

SMA: ‘People are Our Competitive Advantage’

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Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer speaks at the Leader Solarium during the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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SMA: ‘People are Our Competitive Advantage’

People and technology are both critical to the Army of the future, but the latter can never replace the former, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer told a group of mid-grade officers and NCOs.

“I do believe, and I always will, that people are our competitive advantage against all our adversaries,” Weimer said. As the force becomes more tech-driven, his concern is that soldiers will “compromise on the basics.”

NCOs Should Focus on ‘Master’s Degree’ in Warfighting

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Sergeant Major of the Army’s Professional Development Forum at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. (Tasos Katopodis for AUSA)
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NCOs Should Focus on ‘Master’s Degree’ in Warfighting

The 17th sergeant major of the Army encouraged all NCOs to get advanced degrees in warfighting and master the basics of soldiering.

“I worked on my bachelor of science, finished it online, but what we’re really going to focus on is a master’s degree in warfighting, because if we’re called upon with the adversaries we have now, that’s the one that’s going to matter the most,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer said Oct. 10 at a senior NCO forum during the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Green Beret Selected as Next SMA

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Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer speaks at an event.
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Green Beret Selected as Next SMA

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer, a Special Forces soldier with more than 20 years of experience in Army special operations, has been selected to become the 17th sergeant major of the Army. 

Weimer will succeed Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston this summer. Grinston has served as the Army’s senior enlisted leader since August 2019. 

Special Operations NCOs Named White House Fellows

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Special Operations NCOs Named White House Fellows

A special operations NCO who has deployed 15 times and a former Army Ranger have been appointed to the 2022–2023 class of White House Fellows, a highly competitive program for leaders who are committed to public service.

Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program offers “exceptional young leaders first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government,” the White House said in its announcement.