Today I returned from the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy.
While at the Academy, I received instruction in Drill and Ceremony, Physical Fitness, small unit tactics, Army Leadership and several other areas that concern NCOs.
After receiving the Douglas MacArther Award, with General Salazar.
I served for a week as Bravo Company 1st Sergeant. Those attending the course were tested in several areas. In the end, I made the Commandant’s List (Honor Graduate, top 20% of class GPA) and I also received the Douglas MacArther Distinguished Leadership Award which is given to the Soldier or NCO who most represents the Army Leadership standard. In order to be eligible for the McCarther Award, I was chosen by my peers to attend a board manned by Academy Cadre. I answered questions along with three other Academy grads. In the end I was chosen the winner. I missed Distinguished Honor Grad (highest GPA in the company) by .3 points; I had a 97.6 average, the winner had a 97.9.
Overall I believe I represented myself and my unit well. I hope to continue showing progression throughout my military career, resisting sitting on my laurels.