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USASMA is now a Branch Campus under CGSC

Standing in the courtyard of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence are the first students from the Sergeants Major Course, Class 69 to confer their Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development through the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, on June 6. Upon graduation from the USASMA, on June 21, there will be a total of 94 graduates out of 210 who initially started the program. (Photo Credit: Mr. David Crozier)

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…

2018 – A Road Less Traveled

It’s been 43 years since we’ve made significant changes to our education system, so these are exciting times for our Army, its NCOs and Soldiers alike. As the title of this pamphlet indicates, 2018 has been “A Road Less Traveled” for the NCO cohort. Throughout the past year this institution has worked its way from the top to the bottom of our education system, to ensure the changes  implemented were relevant, timely and meaningful to our NCO cohort. … Read More

Supporting today’s NCO Corps with yesterday’s past

Dr. Everett Dague the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Command Historian, reviews historical documents to verify the information provided through a submission on the historical website, on March 18.

By Danielle O’Donnell
NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Public Affairs Office

THERE was a day, before the advent of the A-bomb and its more destructive offspring, before smart bombs and nerve gas, before computer technology and war games, when professional soldiers regarded reading history as a useful pastime. Many who have scaled the peaks of the military profession have testified to the utility of studying military history.
Most of these, however, seem to be commanding voices out of the past.

Jay Luvas, Military History: Is It Still Practicable?

The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence believes history is practicable and has created a website through the Office of the Historian to receive written or recorded contributions from all service members, past and present, to tell their NCO story.

“A profession which started more than 200 years ago, has progressed over time,” Dr. Everett Dague, Command Historian, NCOL CoE said. “Today’s NCO knows more, trains more, and has more responsibility than any NCO in history.”

The purpose of the website, he said, is to collect information on the NCO profession over the years, then disseminate the information to the shared experience section of the website as a reliable resource after is has been analyzed and interpreted. Dague added that all contributions are categorized based off the six NCO Common Core competencies: Readiness, Leadership, Training Management, Communications, Operations, and Program Management. The website is an emerging product designed to provide leadership and mentorship, which can help develop, integrate and deliver training readiness throughout the NCO Corps. …Read More

CSM Lee rises from platform to USASMA director

Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, commandant of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. David Lee, signifying the passing of responsibility of the USASMA from Command Sgt. Maj. Nuuese Passi during ceremonies Feb. 1. (Photo by David Crozier, Command Communications)

By Danielle O’Donnell, Public Affairs

With the passing of the unit colors during ceremonies held Feb. 1, at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Command Sgt. Maj. David Lee assumed the responsibility of director of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy from Command Sgt. Maj. Nuuese Passi Jr.

Officiating the event, Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, commandant, accepted the Academy colors from Passi and handed them to Lee signifying the change of responsibility. With the ceremonial transfer of responsibility complete, Sellers addressed those in attendance.

“It’s always a great day in our Army when we can take time out of our schedules to recognize, and pay tribute to, Army professionals,” he said. “I can’t think of two NCOs who personify professionalism more than Command Sgt. Maj. Nuuese Passi and Command Sgt. Maj. David Lee.”

Lee, a member of cohort 1 of the USASMA Fellowship program, is the first Soldier to move from the platform to being director of USASMA. … Read more


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