By David Crozier, Command Communications
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence recognized Ms. Betty Bradford, NCOL CoE Registrar December 14, for her contributions to the education, training and lineage of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps and NCO Education System by inducting her into The NCOL CoE Hall of Honor. Charles Guyette, Assistant Dean, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, hosted the event along with Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy J. Sellers, commandant of the Center of Excellence.
“Today I have the honor of introducing the newest inductee into the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Center of Excellence Hall of Honor,” Guyette said. “We are the proponent for NCO History, so I am going to tie a little bit of history into my remarks.”
Guyette gave a brief history of Army education and training beginning with Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, the author of the Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States (The Blue Book) in 1778, to the establishment of the 2nd Constabulary Brigade’s NCO school in Munich Germany in 1947 and later the Seventh Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy, to ultimately the creation of the Sergeants Major Academy in 1972.
“In 1986 the academy made a significant and lasting investment when Ms. Betty Bradford was hired as a clerk typist,” he said. “She later served as a computer operator, evaluations clerk, academic records clerk, supervisory academic records technician and as the first to date and only Registrar in the history of this institution.”
Guyette then recounted all of her accomplishments during her 33 years of service saying she saw both evolutionary change in NCO Education and is a part of the revolutionary change of the NCO Professional Development System. He noted the other Hall of Honor inductees and said that Bradford certainly demonstrated she belongs as the 48th inductee.
Guyette continued noting the 27 NCO Professional Military Education programs of record supporting more than 250,000 Soldiers and NCOs. He asked those in the audience to raise their hands if they received a 1059 or diploma from a course this institution, which garnered nearly all hands being raised.
“Betty, that is a testament for what you have accomplished in this academy,” Guyette said. “Those hands are Soldiers you personally touched. Every 1059 is a Soldier.”
Guyette concluded his remarks by reading a letter of congratulations from former commandant and Hall of Honor inductee, Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Rory Malloy. He then turned the podium over to Sellers for the induction remarks.
“Today is a very historic day,” he said noting not only the Hall of Honor induction and Betty’s retirement after 33 years, but for all that is happening at the NCOL CoE – transition from SSD to DLC, work being started on the design of a new academy, and the pending accreditation of the USASMA. “Betty has left a tangible mark on our institution; 33 years of phenomenal work; everything that was mentioned earlier, she is the definition of revolutionary change.”
Sellers remarked that in a conversation with Betty she relayed to him that she has worked with 17 commandants over the years and that now he has the honor and displeasure of being the one who finally drove her to retirement.
“In 33 years, a lot of things has changed since Betty became a part of this organization,” he said. “For the past 18 months I have witnessed Ms. Bradford’s tireless efforts. She is committed to excellence. She is dedicated, a professional, selfless, very competent and is the subject matter expert on everything ATTRS and getting folks into school.”
Concluding his remarks, Sellers accompanied Bradford to the center of the stage for the unveiling of her Hall of Honor induction plaque. He then offered Bradford the podium to make a few remarks.
I am truly honored to be here today,” Bradford said. “The academy has been very good to me and I have been blessed many times over as a member of this organization.”
Bradford thanked her family for their support as well as her second family.
“All of you, my second family,” she said. “I love my job and will always be grateful to have touched so many lives, but to be touched by so many people in return.”
Bradford specifically recognized Jeanie Tapia, her co-worker for many of her 33 years and said she will miss being a part of a team and the comradery that goes with it but will enjoy her time now doing things she loves.
“I am truly humbled,” she said.
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Hall of Honor was established in May 2006, with the purpose of providing a highly visible and prestigious means of recognizing individuals who significantly contributed either to the Sergeants Major Academy or to the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System.
Inductees must have served meritoriously in a position of great responsibility and provided service distinguished by meritorious achievement and significant improvements, or enhancements, to existing programs or procedures.
Additional Photos of this event can be found on our Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sgmacademy/albums.