The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy was founded in July 1972, and graduated its first students in 1973. Since that time, USASMA has graduated hundreds of thousands of Soldiers from various Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses, and continually adapts to meet the needs of our nation’s defense. The Academy is headed by a three-star level nominative command sergeant major and is supported by a world-class staff and academic faculty.
USASMA in the News
Class 67 students participate in Black and Gold ceremony
By David Crozier
Black and Gold have been the U.S. Army colors since the American Revolution. Black represents a never ending search for knowledge and gold – the standard of achievement. On June 19, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy celebrated the more than 170 students, staff and family members who rose to that standard by taking their place among their fellow warrior-scholars during a Black and Gold commencement ceremony held in the Academy’s Cooper Lecture Center. The graduates earned a total of 177 degrees: 83 Masters, 79 Bachelors, and 12 Associates and three professional certificates from 18 different colleges and universities.
Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese, commandant of USASMA, presided over the commencement ceremony. The guest speaker for the evening, Judge M. Sue Kurita, County Court At Law Number Six, El Paso, Texas.
“My favorite place to teach is here at USASMA. I feel I learn so much from my students. It is kind of selfish because I give some, but get so much back,” Kurita said. “I have learned that the Soldier’s Creed is something that is real and is practiced every day. It is not just on the wall in every classroom, but it is how you live – ‘I am a warrior, a member of a team. I will never leave a fallen comrade.’
Kurita said that she has personally seen that statement at work in every class.
“There are always the students who feel they are not capable of finishing and usually the rest of the class jumps in to help them,” she said. “I know that there are some of you who are sitting there in black and gold that are here because you were helped by your fellow students.”
Kurita said the graduates had overcome many obstacles to get to the evening’s events.
“You are not the normal boring four year straight out of college student. That’s not what you did. You took a different route, you took the difficult route,” she said. “You took a route that took you to places away from your family; places that are dangerous; where you put your lives on the line for me every single day. But you made it. You’re here and I am grateful for that. We are all grateful for that.”[…] » Read Full story
Bliss NCO Academy graduates first MLC class
By David Crozier, Command Communications
The Fort Bliss Noncommissioned Officer Academy hit a milestone April 3 when it held a graduation ceremony for the 32 individually-selected students of Master Leader Course 01-17 in the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Cooper Lecture Center.
Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Vogl, commandant of the NCOA, welcomed all and congratulated the graduates for their accomplishment. The guest speaker for the event was Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Reynolds, director of the Sergeants Major Course at USASMA.
“This is a long time coming to see this course happen,” Reynolds said. “I will tell you this course has been through hoops and a few loops and the [staff at USASMA] have gone through three rings of fire to get it just right and I think that they have, and you are the proof that it does work.”
Reynolds told the graduates that they have completed the toughest course in the Army and they earned their certificate of completion. He urged them to continue learning and added that the Army sends them to school so that they can take that knowledge back to their units and make them better.
“You need to mentor. Use your experience from this course to help someone else get to this course and be better prepared,” Reynolds said. “That is what it is all about. That’s what we are going to ask you to do – mentor someone, share your experience, what you learned, how you learned it, and how did you prepare for it.” […] » Read Full story
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