By Lara PoirrierMay 12, 2017
FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona -- The noncommissioned officers here hosted an NCO Week April 24-28 to enhance the development of the professional, competent and confident enlisted leaders of character.
The week included an installation NCO run, professional development sessions, an induction ceremony for 57 NCOs, a 7.5-mile ruck march as part of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition and an NCO Right Arm Night.
Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Latter, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence command sergeant major, kicked off the week's events with the installation NCO run.
"Great way to kick off the week with a little run," Latter said. "Get the blood flowing.
"Noncommissioned Officer Week is a week we are dedicating to the noncommissioned officer corps here at Fort Huachuca," he explained. "We are doing these NCO [professional development sessions] during lunch so we can get maximum participation from all of you."
Latter went over the schedule of events for the week and then had a few words of encouragement for the participants.
"Let's have a great week together," Latter said. "Let's be safe. Let's take advantage of the opportunities to talk to new noncommissioned officers. When you are at these events, the NCOPDs, the runs, the ruck march. Pick somebody that you don't know. You know they are an NCO, you know they are a member of your corps. Reach out to them, make a new friend. Find out something new about the Army and find somebody who can help you be a better leader."
Network Enterprise Technology Command's Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry hosted the first NCOPD April 24 at Greely Hall Auditorium. Curry addressed the "mission and vision -- what you will see around the globe via NETCOM, priorities, threats and opportunities."
He briefed the Army's deployment of the Windows 10 operating system and answered questions from the audience through the session. One of the issues that Curry highlighted was how the threats to U.S. Army networks have changed over the years.
"What is the number one threat to the network right now?" Curry asked. "Everybody hold your hand up to your face. That's the mirror. That is your number one threat to your network. The insider threat is our biggest vulnerability."
Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command senior enlisted leader, hosted the second NCOPD of the week April 25 at Fitch Auditorium and discussed the changes to the NCO education system.
Davenport said he was at Fort Huachuca to explain what leaders are doing to improve the NCO corps, but said it wouldn't be worth all the work if NCOs at the lowest level aren't doing anything with the information.
"Why this need for change? Why do we need to change?" Davenport asked. "Our NCO [education] system didn't come into effect until 1973. And we really haven't done much to that education system over those 40-plus years until all the work we began with NCO 2020. And just think how far that NCO ES carried us, from 1973 to where we are today."
A filled-to-capacity auditorium listened as Davenport explained the upcoming changes for promotions, education and structure to streamline and maximize training opportunities for NCOs.
Command Sgt. Maj. David Redmon, command senior enlisted leader for U.S. Cyber Command, and senior enlisted adviser for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, hosted the final NCOPD of the week April 26 at Cochise Theater.
One of his first experiences being a senior NCO was "realizing it's not about me," Redmon said. "It really is about the ability of the organization to adapt -- to fit within what the Army needs us to do."
Redmon answered questions from the audience and talked about lessons learned on his career path and how readiness is important to the force.
"I'm convinced that resiliency comes now from exposing folks to bad stuff -- just like a vaccination," Redmon said regarding training and time in the field. "In my mind, we have to provide experiences that are as realistic as possible for our Soldiers to be able to understand that."
Fort Huachuca's NCO Week also included an induction ceremony for 57 NCO April 27 at Cochise Theater.
"It's a great day to be a Soldier in the most powerful military in the world," said Curry. "It's an even better day when we take time to formally induct sergeants into the most professional organization in the world, the corps of the noncommissioned officers."
The week culminated with a 7.5 mile ruck march April 28, which also served as the final qualifier for the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency. An NCO Right Arm Night was held immediately after the completion of the march and the awards ceremony.