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  • As I arrived at the Army Recruiting Course (ARC), I was still unhappy about what the Army had asked me to do. But I was also determined to make the best of it. Overwhelmed with all the classes and regulations that were covered, I was definitely outside of my comfort zone. I reflected back on my early years as a Soldier — scared, nervous and unsure; the ARC made me feel like a private again.

    From the Field: An NCO’s journey to recruiting

    As I arrived at the Army Recruiting Course (ARC), I was still unhappy about what the Army had asked me to do. But I was also determined to make the best of it. Overwhelmed with all the classes and regulations that were covered, I was definitely outside of my comfort zone. I reflected back on my early years as a Soldier — scared, nervous and unsure; the ARC made me feel like a private again.

  • When a German Panzer unit attacked an American outpost near Grimesnil, France, in the early morning hours of June 29, 1944, the Nazis gained a quick upper hand. But Sgt. Hulon B. Whittington singlehandedly changed that. With his unit's leadership missing in action, Whittington took command helping his Soldiers set up a defensive line, halting a tank column's charge, leading a bayonet charge and administering aid to the wounded.

    This Month in NCO History: July 29, 1944 — Taking command at Grimesnil, France

    When a German Panzer unit attacked an American outpost near Grimesnil, France, in the early morning hours of June 29, 1944, the Nazis gained a quick upper hand. But Sgt. Hulon B. Whittington singlehandedly changed that. With his unit’s leadership missing in action, Whittington took command helping his Soldiers set up a defensive line, halting a tank column’s charge, leading a bayonet charge and administering aid to the wounded.

  • The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops was a 1,100-man unit that had one of the most dangerous missions of World War II, one that no one knew about until nearly a half-century later. The Ghost Army filled its ranks with what would become some of the nation’s most talented artists and designers to deceive Hitler’s legions with rubber tanks, misleading recordings and fake radio transmissions while the regular Army did its work.

    This Month in NCO History: June 14, 1944 — The Ghost Army begins its scare campaign

    The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops was a 1,100-man unit that had one of the most dangerous missions of World War II, one that no one knew about until nearly a half-century later. The Ghost Army filled its ranks with what would become some of the nation’s most talented artists and designers to deceive Hitler’s legions with rubber tanks, misleading recordings and fake radio transmissions while the regular Army did its work.

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  • The new policy for the noncommissioned officer evaluation report, or NCOER, due out in January, includes a limit on how many "most qualified" ratings can be handed out by a Soldier's senior rater.

    With new report, senior raters may identify just 24 percent ‘most qualified’

    The new policy for the noncommissioned officer evaluation report, or NCOER, due out in January, includes a limit on how many "most qualified" ratings can be handed out by a Soldier's senior rater.

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  • For the second time since the 2010 start of the athletic competition for wounded, injured and ill servicemembers, Soldiers claimed the most points at the Warrior Games. But showing the healing power of sports and building camaraderie among athletes are the real goals of the competition.

    Army takes title at Warrior Games

    For the second time since the 2010 start of the athletic competition for wounded, injured and ill servicemembers, Soldiers claimed the most points at the Warrior Games. But showing the healing power of sports and building camaraderie among athletes are the real goals of the competition.

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  • Former NCO and current boxing welterweight star Sammy Vasquez Jr. was awarded a unanimous decision win against Wale Omotoso on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With the win, Vasquez remains unbeaten and boosts his stock in a star-studded division. He says the Army has helped his rise through the ranks.

    Former NCO Sammy Vasquez Jr. earns gritty boxing win

    Former NCO and current boxing welterweight star Sammy Vasquez Jr. was awarded a unanimous decision win against Wale Omotoso on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With the win, Vasquez remains unbeaten and boosts his stock in a star-studded division. He says the Army has helped his rise through the ranks.

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  • Sammy Vasquez Jr. is making a meteoric rise through boxing's welterweight division. He says his time as an NCO in the National Guard has helped prepare him for the challenges that the sport requires. The next test for the undefeated fighter comes Sunday against Wale Omotoso in a fight that will be televised live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    Former NCO continues combat tour in the ring

    Sammy Vasquez Jr. is making a meteoric rise through boxing's welterweight division. He says his time as an NCO in the National Guard has helped prepare him for the challenges that the sport requires. The next test for the undefeated fighter comes Sunday against Wale Omotoso in a fight that will be televised live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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  • Of all the topics raised for discussion during the Noncommissioned Officer Solarium 2015 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the one that drew the most spirited reaction was the one not on the itinerary. Many of the assembled NCOs were taken by surprise when cyberbullying was added as a discussion point at the Solarium, but after Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, a frequent Internet target, told senior leaders that online decorum is out of control in the Army, they all agreed to do something about it.

    SMA at Solarium 2015: Cyberbullying is ‘out of control’

    Of all the topics raised for discussion during the Noncommissioned Officer Solarium 2015 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the one that drew the most spirited reaction was the one not on the itinerary. Many of the assembled NCOs were taken by surprise when cyberbullying was added as a discussion point at the Solarium, but after Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, a frequent Internet target, told senior leaders that online decorum is out of control in the Army, they all agreed to do something about it.

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  • President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to two previously overlooked Soldiers — Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin — during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. The heroic deeds of both Soldiers during World War I were relegated to obscurity at a time when the Army placed ethnic and religious minorities in smaller roles. Nearly a century later, their deeds receive the nation's highest honor.

    President Obama rightfully gives the valor of 2 NCOs its due 97 years later

    President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to two previously overlooked Soldiers — Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin — during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. The heroic deeds of both Soldiers during World War I were relegated to obscurity at a time when the Army placed ethnic and religious minorities in smaller roles. Nearly a century later, their deeds receive the nation's highest honor.

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