The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy recognized the singular and cumulative achievements of three former sergeants majors who have made significant contributions to the Academy and the Noncommissioned Officer Education System in a ceremony held Aug. 23 in the Academy’s Cooper Lecture Center.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, USASMA commandant hosted the ceremony and spoke about each of the inductees — Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Jeffery Colimon, former TRADOC deputy chief of staff for Education; Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Danny R. Hubbard, former Academy director of Training and Doctrine and former TRADOC G3/5/7 sergeant major; and Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Jeffery Wells former TRADOC G3/5/7sergeant major and HQDA G3/5/7 sergeant major.
“This year we have the great honor of inducting three great Americans into the history books as members of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Hall of Honor. They join the likes of great leaders such as Gen. [Ralph] Haines who is known as the father of our sergeants major academy and the establishment of our noncommissioned officer education system for his vision professionalized our NCO corps,” Malloy said. “Also amongst the ranks includes our first command sergeant major for the Academy, Sgt. Maj. of the Army William Bainbridge, as well as a former chief of staff of the Army, Gen, Gordon Sullivan one of the most passionate leaders to serve our NCO corps.”
Malloy said that each of this year’s inductees shared a theme in that each was instrumental in the development of the Warrior Leaders Course, the creation of Structured Self Development, the use of distance learning as well as video teletraining to further the education of noncommissioned officers.
“Sergeant major Wells recently served as the Army G3 sergeant major and prior to that he was the TRADOC G3/5/7 sergeant major. His vision of transforming the NCOES to the one Army school system has provided us the opportunity to leverage assets across our entire Army to better train our NCOs under one program of instruction and none standard regardless of the component or the NCO academy to which they attended,”Malloy said. “Sergeant major Colimon, our second inductee is yet another great leader with the drive and the vision to transform our NCO Corps and Army well into the 21st century. He believes that every Soldier from the time they enter our Army until they return back to civilian life, should have the opportunity to earn a degree from a college or university of their choice. His vision convinced universities they could leverage a Soldier’s experience and training into their degree programs in order to produce a better educated college graduate.
“Sergeant major Hubbard’s career was nothing less than impressive. Always graduating at the top every class and every course in which he attended, as well as being selected as the United States Army drill sergeant of the year. He championed the use of video teletraining concept which is still in use today by our battle staff course enabling the academy to deliver the course to 24 stations around the globe live from this academy. It is my honor that we induct three great leaders into the USASMA Hall of Honor.”
Following Malloy’s remarks, each inductee’s full bio was read aloud before their plaques were revealed for all to see. Because of budget constraints Colimon and Hubbard were unable to attend in person, but both videotaped acceptance speeches that were played to the crowd.
“I am deeply honored to stand before you today as a recipient of this illustrious award,” Colimon said. “I would like to express my appreciation not only for this award, but for the opportunity to shape the professional development of Soldiers. I recognize that it is a privilege to support the NCO corps and its pursuit of lifelong learning.” “It is truly a humbling experience and an honor to be inducted into the hall of honor and to join the distinguished list of folks who have been selected and placed into the hall before,” said Hubbard. This is not something I was expecting and it truly is humbling. … I think that NCO education and the development of NCOs in general is very important to the future success of the Army.”
“Nowhere in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that I would be standing here being inducted into something like this in front of my peers. So I share with you that it is an honor to be here,” Wells said. “When I talk about the NCO corps and education it was all about the corps. It was never about me and it can never be about you. It has to be about those in which you are going to lead. The legacy that you will leave behind is supposed to be an honor to the true corps.”
Following the remarks by Wells, the official party moved out to the Hall of Honor where Wells was assisted by former commandant, Lt. Col (Ret) John Kirby; former deputy commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Rick Rosen; current deputy commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Wesley Weygandt; commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy; and the 14th Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, in the unveiling of the wall plaques amongst the 23 others who were inducted in prior years.