Noncommissioned Officer Heritage and Education Center

View of the entrance to The Heritage Center of the Noncommissioned Officer on Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss Texas. Photo Courtesy of The Heritage Center of the NCO
View of the entrance to The Noncommissioned Officer Heritage and Education Center on Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss Texas. Photo by David Crozier, Command Communications

Mission


To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant property related to the history of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer from 1775 to the present. The Heritage Center of the NCO supports military training and education, conducts research, stimulates esprit de corps and morale, and informs the public of NCO service to the nation. Using uniforms, weapons, insignia, and equipment The Heritage Center of the NCO depicts the history of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer from 1775 to the present. Exhibits highlight the NCO role as a small unit leader, the development of NCO symbols and insignia, and the evolution of the NCO Corps.

History


The Noncommissioned Officer Heritage & Education Center (formerly The Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer) has a simple mission: “To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant property related to the history of the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer from 1775 to the present.” It is a mission accomplished through more than 2,500 artifacts with about 1/3 of them on display at any time.

The displays are overseen by a staff who update and maintain them in the way that history is written – chronologically. Beginning with the first NCOs of the civil war visitors are treated to a variety of displays – from mockups using mannequins to stand-alone displays with insignia, ammunitions, and other military artifacts – that tell the story of the small unit leader, how NCO symbols and insignia progressed over time and the evolution of the NCO corps as a whole. Along the tour there are also video screens which play continuous slide shows of historical photos of the time.

Recently the staff, with the help of numerous volunteers from Sergeants Major Course Class 65 and their spouses, have worked tirelessly updating and renovating the center and it’s many displays. The Center now boasts a lecture area which can be used for NCO Promotion and Induction Ceremonies, NCO Professional Development, Lectures and educational activities. Many of the displays have been redesigned to better tell the NCO story throughout history.

The facility is located on East Fort Bliss on SSG Sims St., in Bldg. 11331 and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free and is open to the public. The staff is available to give guided tours for groups and can be contacted at 915-744-8646/8609.

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The NCO Heritage and Education Center recently went through a major renovation and upgrade of all exhibits. The above exhibit depicts a change of responsibility ceremony. The mannequins are wearing period uniforms covering the Army from the Vietnam War through today.                        Photo by David Crozier, Command Communications

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I donate an artifact to the NCO Heritage Center of the NCO? A: Contact the NCO Heritage Center at (915) 744-8646 or (915) 744-8306. Artifacts are accepted unconditionally for the U.S. Army.
Q: Are artifacts donated to the NCO Heritage Center tax deductible? A: Yes, but the museum staff cannot by law and regulation appraise donated items.
Q: How do I arrange a tour for my group or unit at the NCO Heritage Center? A: Phone the NCO Heritage Center at (915) 744-8646. Please provide date, time, and approximate number of individuals.

 

Contact Information


COM: (915) 744-8646 DSN: 621-8646

Location


SSG Sims St. Bldg 11331 El Paso, TX 79918

Hours


Weekdays 9AM – 4PM
Closed weekends
Admission Free

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