Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) has been explained in many
ways in the several months of this U.S. Armywide observance.
Mobilization Command Sergeant
Major Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Uhlig (left) discusses
mobilization schedules with 1st Sgt. Ronnie Jackson and Capt.
(Photo by Tom Michele)
ways. Like Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Uhlig noting, "Any senior
officer will say, Ďthere has always been an NCO who set him
straight, and thatís what the Year of the NCO is about, to recognize
that the NCO is an integral part of what makes the Army tick."
command sergeant major for mobilization at Fort McCoy for the past two
years, linked the observance to all NCOs who mobilized, trained and
fought for freedom and liberty. Uhlig knows about this firsthand as he
has deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
the mobilizing NCO, the Year of the NCO means recognition for the hard
work and dedication that NCOs have provided the Army and our nation
throughout history," Uhlig said. "As identified in the NCO
Creed, mission accomplishment and caring for the welfare of the
Soldiers is always uppermost in the NCOís mind. With this, executing
the commanderís intent and ensuring that Americaís sons and
daughters are well trained, well cared for and well led are all things
that are being emphasized with the Year of the NCO recognition."
Year of the NCO is important to the mobilizing NCO because, as Uhlig
put it, "Across America, citizens need to understand the role of
the NCO in the Army and sister services. Americaís long war on
terrorism has highlighted the reserve-component, citizen Soldiers, as
being a large part of the Total Army."
said Americans need to appreciate that not only do reserve-component
Soldiers have a commitment to their duty as a military professional,
but also a commitment to the community, duty as a citizen and to their
employers. Combine that with the family commitment ó it truly
becomes a picture that, if any one side is out of balance, the whole
another viewpoint, it could be asked, is the mobilizing NCO important
to The Year of the NCO? Uhlig made no hesitation in answering.
In order for the Army to tell the whole story, the perspective of the
mobilizing NCO needs to be told. When we look at the significant
contributions the mobilizing NCOs make every day, there would be blank
pages in the story book without hearing from the mobilizing Soldiers
put the NCO aspect into perspective, saying, "Officers plan, NCOs
execute. It is a definite partnership where you canít perform
without the other. The NCOís experience, knowledge and pulse of the
unit is critical to an officerís planning ability. The NCO has the
ability to execute the operation ó to get from Point A to Point B
ó and to motivate the unitís Soldiers, to accomplish the
"For the mobilizing NCO, the Year of the NCO means
recognition for the hard work and dedication that NCOs have
given the Army throughout history."
Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Uhlig,
Fort McCoy Mobilization
Command Sergeant Major
is knowledge," Uhlig said. "Everybody in the platoon knows
what the leader knows, from the platoon leader to the sergeant to the
private, they all see how the plan is to work. Knowledge can reduce
fear caused by the unknown."
leader may have information and knowledge, but it is only good if (he)
can effectively communicate it," Uhlig said. "And thatís
how the NCOs drive the train. The platoon leader has the plan and
knowledge, he shares it with the sergeant and the sergeant shares it
and rehearses it with the rest of the platoonís Soldiers. Then
everyone knows the plan and can execute as a team ó team work ó
very proud to be an NCO," Uhlig commented. "I enjoy working
with Soldiers, seeing young Soldiers grow into mature NCOs. That is a
sense of accomplishment for me. I enjoy working with officers, and
taking their plans and putting them to work, and seeing the end result
of the plan and the hard work to get it done."
NCO is the backbone of the Army from which our Army Values and
citizenship are built," Uhlig said. "The NCO Corps is our
Armyís core foundation. Armies around the world are always amazed by
the American military and how responsibilities are entrusted with the
NCO Corps. It is that trust in the NCO that makes Americaís Army the
best in the world."
a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc.,
contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)