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  • When Sgt. Charles W. Ray and his detachment came upon 200 Filipino insurgents dismantling a key bridge during the Philippine-American War while on a reconnaissance mission, Ray didn't hesitate. Despite having a significantly smaller force, Ray and his men sprinted toward the bridge and held it for more than an hour while being fired upon. Ray's gallantry helped secure the crossing over the Pampanga River en route to the main unit's objective and earned him the nation's highest honor.

    This Month in NCO History: Oct. 19, 1899 — Taking the bridge near San Isidro

    When Sgt. Charles W. Ray and his detachment came upon 200 Filipino insurgents dismantling a key bridge during the Philippine-American War while on a reconnaissance mission, Ray didn’t hesitate. Despite having a significantly smaller force, Ray and his men sprinted toward the bridge and held it for more than an hour while being fired upon. Ray’s gallantry helped secure the crossing over the Pampanga River en route to the main unit’s objective and earned him the nation’s highest honor.

  • Then-Spc. Christopher B. Waiters, a combat medic, had just finished a long overnight clearance mission with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, in Baqubah, Iraq. He and his team had been out since 10 p.m., so about 8 a.m. the next morning, April 5, 2007, Waiters laid down to get some sleep.

    By Example: Combat medic braved enemy bullets, flames to save Soldiers

    Then-Spc. Christopher B. Waiters, a combat medic, had just finished a long overnight clearance mission with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, in Baqubah, Iraq. He and his team had been out since 10 p.m., so about 8 a.m. the next morning, April 5, 2007, Waiters laid down to get some sleep.

  • Sgt. Patrick McLene Gass was a member of the famed "Corps of Discovery," often called the Lewis and Clark expedition, which mapped much of the western United States after the Louisiana Purchase. Gass was an instrumental part of the mission's success, building fortifications and canoes for the group as it trudged along. He even led a large portion of the group while the expedition's namesakes conducted separate explorations.

    This Month in NCO History: Aug. 20, 1804, an NCO rises to help shape America

    Sgt. Patrick McLene Gass was a member of the famed “Corps of Discovery,” often called the Lewis and Clark expedition, which mapped much of the western United States after the Louisiana Purchase. Gass was an instrumental part of the mission’s success, building fortifications and canoes for the group as it trudged along. He even led a large portion of the group while the expedition’s namesakes conducted separate explorations.

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  • The final day of the 2014 Drill Sergeant and AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year competitions began with the nominees going through a formal board, and ended with the announcement of the winners.

    Drill Sergeants, AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year announced

    The final day of the 2014 Drill Sergeant and AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year competitions began with the nominees going through a formal board, and ended with the announcement of the winners.

  • The conditions in many African regions make the missions of USARAF intelligence instructors unique. Traveling in teams of two – usually an NCO and a contractor or an NCO and an officer – they cater lessons to the needs of the country they are visiting, often conducting classes under the shade of a tree and drawing diagrams in the dirt to convey information.

    USARAF military intelligence NCOs help empower African partner nations

    The conditions in many African regions make the missions of USARAF intelligence instructors unique. Traveling in teams of two – usually an NCO and a contractor or an NCO and an officer – they cater lessons to the needs of the country they are visiting, often conducting classes under the shade of a tree and drawing diagrams in the dirt to convey information.

  • Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline's life — and appearance — were changed in April 2007 when the humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, Iraq. The blast burned over 38 percent of Henline's body and killed the vehicle's four other occupants. Henline had an arduous road to recovery, one that included more than 40 surgeries. He has since found a new calling — stand-up comedy, a trade he continues to hone in the hopes of generating laughs and lifting the spirits of wounded warriors like him.

    Former NCO burned in IED blast lifts himself, others up through stand-up comedy

    Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline’s life — and appearance — were changed in April 2007 when the humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, Iraq. The blast burned over 38 percent of Henline’s body and killed the vehicle’s four other occupants. Henline had an arduous road to recovery, one that included more than 40 surgeries. He has since found a new calling — stand-up comedy, a trade he continues to hone in the hopes of generating laughs and lifting the spirits of wounded warriors like him.

  • As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spoke to the incoming class of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy on Friday at Fort Bliss, Texas, he challenged members of Class 65 to look to the future and decide what kind of Army and NCO Corps they want to have.

    SMA Chandler challenges USASMA students to think about Army’s, NCO corps’ future

    As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spoke to the incoming class of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy on Friday at Fort Bliss, Texas, he challenged members of Class 65 to look to the future and decide what kind of Army and NCO Corps they want to have.

  • As students nationwide prepare to return to school this month, two groups of NCOs are also preparing to start another year as staff members and students at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point, N.Y. There, prior-enlisted Soldiers and recent high school graduates develop themselves before going to the other side of the West Point campus to begin their journey toward becoming commissioned officers.

    NCOs begin new school year as staff — and students — at West Point Prep

    As students nationwide prepare to return to school this month, two groups of NCOs are also preparing to start another year as staff members and students at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point, N.Y. There, prior-enlisted Soldiers and recent high school graduates develop themselves before going to the other side of the West Point campus to begin their journey toward becoming commissioned officers.

  • NCOs and Soldiers in network-equipped vehicles traversed more than 1,250 accumulated miles a day in harsh desert terrain this summer as they helped evaluate recent improvements to the Army’s high capacity, mobile tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2. The feedback helped the Army make the network easier to operate and maintain.

    NCOs provide feedback during tests to simplify the Army’s mobile network

    NCOs and Soldiers in network-equipped vehicles traversed more than 1,250 accumulated miles a day in harsh desert terrain this summer as they helped evaluate recent improvements to the Army’s high capacity, mobile tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2. The feedback helped the Army make the network easier to operate and maintain.