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.

Land Navigation is Coming Back

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Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims of Army Forces Command speaks during the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Professional Development Forum at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Jeromie Stephens for AUSA)
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Land Navigation is Coming Back

It’s time for a return to land navigation training, said some of the Army’s top enlisted leaders, who agree that despite advances in technology, soldiers must master the most basic task: how to get where they’re going.

Army Expands Temporary Promotion Policy for NCOs

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Army Expands Temporary Promotion Policy for NCOs

The Army has expanded its temporary promotion policy to all NCOs, allowing those who are otherwise qualified to move up before completing the required professional military education.

This decision allows the Army to bridge the gap between training and promotion requirements, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston.

Training, Communication Critical to Building Teams

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Training, Communication Critical to Building Teams

Training repetition, physical and mental fitness, and engaged communication with leadership are all key aspects of building readiness and cohesive teams throughout the Army, according to a panel of senior NCOs.

“The Army exists to fight and win our nation’s wars. You have to be an expert at your craft,” whether you’re an infantryman, armor soldier, human resources specialist or any other MOS, said Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, senior enlisted leader for Army Forces Command.

Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

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Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

The winners of the Army’s 20th annual Best Warrior Competition were announced Oct. 11 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The Soldier of the Year is Spc. Justin Earnhart of Army Futures Command, and the NCO of the Year is Sgt. Adam Krauland from U.S. Army Pacific.

“Our Army has gone through so much in the last 18 months. I am so proud to be standing with you today,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, who oversaw the competition.

Soldier-Athletes Shine at Tokyo Paralympics

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Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks wins gold at Tokyo Paralympics.
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Soldier-Athletes Shine at Tokyo Paralympics

From retired Maj. Shawn Morelli’s first medal for Team USA in track cycling to Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks’ record-breaking gold medal performance, soldier-athletes shone at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Three active-duty soldiers and at least 16 veterans from across the services represented Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which concluded Sept. 5.

In total, Team USA’s active-duty or former service members brought home nine medals.

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.