Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Army officials name 2009 "Year of the NCO"

During a recent presentation at the Pentagon, the Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston, discussed the contributions of the NCO to the Army mission and why the service has named 2009 the year of the NCO.

The noncommissioned officer is the glue that has held the Army together over the last eight years, said the Army’s senior enlisted advisor.

Indeed, since 1775, the Army has set apart its NCOs from other enlisted Soldiers by distinctive insignia of grade.

With more than 200 years of service, the U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps has distinguished itself as the world’s most accomplished group of military professionals.

Historical and daily accounts of “life as an NCO” are exemplified by acts of courage, and a dedication and a willingness to do “whatever it takes” to complete the mission.

NCOs have been celebrated for decorated service in military events ranging from Valley Forge to Gettysburg, to charges on Omaha Beach and battles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, to current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
There approximately 6,400 men and women in the Oregon Army National Guard are members of a ready, relevant force, which is; "Always Ready, Always There.'

To view the leadership of the United States Army, go here. To read the entire story upon which this post was based, go to the story on the army.mil website.
To see the official website for the Oregon Army National Guard, visit http://oregonarmyguard.com/.

Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Emerging Media Manager

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