Two senior Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy NCOs who had a
joint retirement ceremony at Fort McCoy Oct. 23 were honored
with Meritorious Service Medals for military careers that
included helping to prepare NCOs as leaders and serving the
Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis W. Martinson, former NCO Academy
commandant, was recognized for 30 years of service. Sgt. Maj.
Bobby E. King, former NCO Academy deputy commandant, was
recognized for 27 years of service.
Each also received a presidential certificate of appreciation
signed by President Obama, and a certificate of retirement
signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., among
other awards. Their spouses received a Department of the Army
certificate of appreciation, among other recognition.
“I greatly appreciated the support of my family,” Martinson
said. “It’s important that we remember the veterans who came
before us. We are what we are off the back of our predecessors.
Their wars are no less than our wars.”
Martinson’s grandfather served in World War II, and his father
served in the Navy. This was a good day to be an infantryman and
also a good day to remember deployed comrades and what they are
doing in the most dangerous areas of the world, he said.
“The key to success is keeping good Soldiers around you,”
Martinson said. “There’s no way to be number one unless Soldiers
are doing everything they should be doing.”
King said the military is like family and encouraged senior
Soldiers to take time to talk to Soldiers to find out what is
“They will tell you what’s going on if you let them,” he said.
“People in charge should be careful about what they ask their
Soldiers to do. They will do exactly what you ask them to do.
Give them the time and resources to do things right.”
Soldiers need to embrace change because change is always
happening in the Army.
King said NCOs need to lead by example, and become the
master/expert of their trade. Dedication and hard work will take
Soldiers a long way in their military careers.
“It’s never about you,” King said. “It must be about your
Soldiers. Take care of your Soldiers and they will do their jobs
and you will be successful.”
Colleagues and family members also traveled from throughout the
state and country to attend the ceremony and honor Martinson and
NCO Academy 1st Sgt. George
Damour (left) recognizes Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis W. Martinson
and Sgt. Maj. Bobby E. King during a retirement ceremony.
Martinson was the NCO Academy commandant and King was the NCO
Academy deputy commandant.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Martinson, former NCO Academy
commandant, and his wife, Brenda, are honored at a retirement
ceremony Oct. 23.
(Photo by Rob Schuette) (A The Real McCoy Online Extra)