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El Paso welcomes Class 70 with chamber event
By David Crozier, Command Communications
Sergeants Major Course Class 70 received a warm welcome to the City of El Paso August 8, during Experience El Paso. The annual event, sponsored by the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, provide the students a glimpse into what the El Paso community has to offer by way of services, cuisine, programs, businesses, opportunities and more.
The event began with an official welcome by Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, commandant of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence.
“Welcome to what will probably be the best year of your military career,” he said. “Welcome to Fort Bliss, welcome to the great city of El Paso and welcome to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. You made it, but you haven’t arrived just yet.”
Sellers noted the recent events which brought tragedy to El Paso and that being this is his third time back to the area, that incident hit home to him.
“I am very familiar with the community. We are like brothers and sisters and the incident really hit home,” he said. “As you think about the things that you are going to do this year, think about how you are going to help bring closure to this community and what that really means to you when you get back out to your organizations and work with your communities.” … Read More
COL CoE officially welcomes SMC Class 70
By David Crozier, Command Communications
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence formally welcomed the 708 students of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Sergeants Major Course, Class 70 during ceremonies August 9, in the center’s Cooper Lecture Center. Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy J. Sellers, the 22nd commandant, hosted the event and welcomed the students to what will be their home for the next 10 months.
“This is going to be a great year, an awesome year for you all,” he said. “For the record there are 708 in attendance for Class 70. So, if you want to tie the record for graduation (previously set by Class 68 who had 708 graduates), everybody has to graduate. Everybody has to finish.”
Taking a cue from the Soldier’s Creed, Sellers told the class that everyone graduating does not mean we are going to enact the no sergeant major left behind law.
“That is not going to happen. You getting there will be by design and because you earned it,” Sellers said. “I want you to finish. I want you to do well, but you are going to earn it.”
The NCOL CoE and USASMA world class staff will help the students get across the finish line, Sellers said adding that you will not encounter a more knowledgeable, respected and trusted group of military and civilian professionals in your career ever. “Mark those words.” … Read More
USASMA is now a Branch Campus under CGSC
The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence is now an accredited school under the academic governance of the Command and General Staff College. Qualified graduates of the Sergeants Major Course can now attain a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development through USASMA.
A Combined Arms Center Execution Order on March 21, 2018, officially made a branch campus at USASMA, the CGSC’s fourth school, thus placing USASMA under CGSC’s academic governance policies and processes.
“Achieving accreditation is also another way we are adding value to our Soldiers’ service,” Sgt. Major of the Army Daniel Dailey said. “We are building readiness and developing highly-skilled leaders with competitive skill sets.”
The BA in LWD is a degree program which helps the Army develop better NCOs who are ready to lead and inspire Soldiers and units. There are 214 USASMA Class 69 students participating in the pilot program and more than 90 students are projected to be the first to confer their degree on 21 June.
“There has been a lot of emphasis as of late on the importance of education,” Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, commandant of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, said. “We cannot underscore that education is important, but leadership is equally important and developing our NCOs to be leaders is something we cannot take our eye off of. This accreditation is paving the way for our NCO Corps to focus in on taking care of, and leading soldiers. It allows them to focus on leadership, to develop individually and spend less time in college classes.”
Soldiers who pursue the BA in LWD receive 47 college credit hours at the completion of the 10-month course and only need to complete 27 hours of LWD major requirements and 15 credit hours in electives to attain the bachelor’s degree. SMC Students not in the LWD degree program receive a total of 41 college credit hours towards their degree program. Read more…