noncommissioned officer

I am very proud of my service for our country. I have served selflessly for nearly 9 years. I want to continue to do so, but i also want to be open with who I am. I’m not sure if this is entirely possible. 

Once I come out, I won’t be a Staff Sergeant anymore. I’ll be the “gay Staff Sergeant”

I don’t want that. I just want to stand out for my work. Not for the gender of who I love.

This is the real issue I have with coming out. 

At the end of the day I don’t, and encourage everyone else to not give a Damn of what people think about you. 

But, I want people to judge me. Not my sexuality. 

Vimes was only half surprised when the doors to the Rats Chamber opened and there, sitting at the head of the table, was Lord Rust. The Patrician wasn’t there.
He was half surprised. That is, at a certain shallow level he thought, that’s odd, I thought you couldn’t budge the man with a siege weapon. But at a dark level, where the daylight seldom penetrated, he thought: of course. At a time like this men like Rust rise to the top. It’s like stirring a swamp with a stick. Really big bubbles are suddenly on the surface and there’s a bad smell about everything.


“You are removed from authority, commander. And the Watch will come under the direct command of this council. Is that understood?”
Rust turned to Carrot. “Captain Carrot, many of us here have heard… good reports about you, and by due authority I hereby appoint you acting Commander of the Watch–”
Vimes shut his eyes.
Carrot saluted smartly. “No! Sir!”
Vimes opened his eyes wide.
“Really?” Rust stared at Carrot for a few moments, and then gave a little shrug.
“Ah, well… loyalty is a fine thing. Sergeant Colon?”
“In the circumstances, and since you are the most experienced noncommissioned officer and have an exemp– and have a military record, you will take command of the Watch for the duration of the… emergency.”
“That was an instruction, sergeant.”
Beads of sweat began to form on Colon’s brow. “Nossir!”
“You can put it where the sun does not shine, sir!” said Colon desperately.

– the Watch responds to Lord Rust | Terry Pratchett, Jingo

Rules and Regulations (Acts of Intimacy #2)

Author’s Note: Here’s the second in my responses to the Nonsexual Acts of Intimacy prompts! This one was requested by @vaultfox​. Thank you so much for sending this in! This one is just shy of 1k words, but I hope you all enjoy anyway :) Feel free to keep sending in the prompts, y’all! Check out this post to see what I’m working on next.

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Smooth waves bursting with color give inside view of surfer’s paradise

Ever wondered what Hawaii’s famous waves look like from the inside? Marco Mitre, a photographer and noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army, shares the beauty of the coast along the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The spectacular palette of colors from the waves reflecting the summer sun is enough to transport you to dreams of the tropical Pacific. (Caters News)

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…Manila Would Do” by Keith Rocco

“The 37th Division landed at Lingayan Gulf, on the Philippine Island of Luzon, January 9, 1945, and after almost a month of fighting took part in the assault of Manila, entering the city on the 4th of February. The soldiers of the 37th Infantry Division secured the Old Bilbad Prison freeing 1330 civilian internees and military prisoners of war. They made an assault crossing of the Pasig River, cleared the Paco neighborhood, and reduced the Intramuros fortress. The Japanese fortified buildings with skill and the larger reinforced concrete buildings became major obstacles to the men of the 37th. Casualties mounted. The Japanese held not only the access to the buildings, but also fought from inside the buildings themselves, forcing the 37th to fight not only block by block or building by building, but floor by floor and room by room. This was the kind of fighting that placed a premium on good leadership at squad and platoon levels. Many junior officers and noncommissioned officers led by example. 

“A squad leader in the 148th Infantry was the object of a bayonet charge by six Japanese soldiers who charged from approximately 30 yards away. Sergeant Billy E. Vinson warded off the first Japanese soldier’s bayonet thrust, then dispatched the assault group with one long burst from his Browning Automatic Rifle. He held his forward position until all wounded soldiers in the vicinitiy could be evacuated. After weeks of hard fighting, Manila was secured on the 2nd of March, 1945.”

(National Guard)

Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when the assault force triggered an improvised explosive device.

Domeij was a Ranger Joint Terminal Attack Controller assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

He was on his 14th combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.

Domeij was born October 5, 1982 in Santa Ana, Calif. After graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2000, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in July, 2001 from San Diego, Calif.

Domeij completed Basic Combat Training and Fire Support Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning.

Following graduation from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Domeij was assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in 2002 where he served as a Forward Observer. He also served in Headquarters and Headquarters Co. (HHC), as a Reconnaissance Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Co., B as the Fire Support Noncommissioned Officer, and again in HHC as the Battalion Fires Support Noncommissioned Officer.

Domeij was also a Joint Terminal Attack Controller - Evaluator and was one of the first Army qualified JTAC’s, training which is usually reserved for members of the Air Force.

Domeij’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, the Warrior Leader’s Course, the Advanced Leader’s Course, the Senior Leader’s Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Joint Firepower Control Course, and Joint Fires Observer Course.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

He has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with three loops, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Ribbon with numeral four.

He will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah and daughters Mikajsa and Aaliyah of Lacey, Wash.; his mother Scoti Domeij of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his brother Kyle Domeij of San Diego, California.

Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Alexander Horns, 20, was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when the assault force triggered an improvised explosive device.

Horns was a Ranger automatic rifleman assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He was on his first deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.

Horns was born Nov. 10, 1990 in Sumter, S.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July, 2010 from his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Horns completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning. Following graduation from Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Horns was assigned to Co. C, where he served as an assistant machine gunner and automatic rifleman.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge. He has also been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Horns will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Combat Service, the Army Commendation Medal for Peacetime Service, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He is survived by his parents Larry and Tamara Horns, and his sister Tiffany of Colorado Springs, Colo.

As Rangers, Domeij and Horns selflessly lived their lives for others and distinguished themselves as members of the Army’s premier direct action raid force and fought valiantly as they served their fellow Rangers and our great Nation.


I hate my life

“It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy; upright and just, and thus maintain order. He must be able to mystify his officers and men by false reports and appearances and thus keep them in total ignorance.” Sun Tzu, Art of War

“I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them uninformed.” Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer

Originally posted by lilsparrow72

Had an interesting conversation with my new NCOIC today. We were discussing the firearm legislation which did not get passed we he brought up the no-fly list. He stated that people on the no-fly list should not be able to purchase a firearm.

After admitting that he did not know how people were added to the list, he stood by his original claim. I had to remind him that he, like all of us in the office, took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And that what he was suggesting was in violation of multiple Amendments.

It shouldn’t, but it does still shock me when senior Noncommissioned Officers do not know and understand the Constitution. I encourage all Service Members to read the Constitution and to understand it. You cannot support and defend the Constitution if you don’t know what is in it.

Sgt. James Benson, a drill instructor of Platoon 1006, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, commands his recruits during their initial drill evaluation Dec. 2, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors such as Benson, a 26-year-old native of Montgomery, Ala., use the noncommissioned officer sword during close-order drill. The NCO sword has been in service in the Marine Corps since 1859 and is one of the oldest weapons still used in the United States. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 24, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps (Photo by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)

This cover has been all over the world with me. It’s shared some of my best and worst days, and even though its showing its age, I can’t seem to allow myself to “retire” it. The army is getting new uniforms, so this cover has its days numbered… This may be our last adventure

Noncommissioned officers from 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engage targets during an NCO professional development training event at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 23, 2014. The Soldiers were trained on non-traditional firing practices to allow them a greater depth of marksmanship knowledge to impart to their teams and squads. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Provost, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

David Kenyon Webster (1922-1961) was a private with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army during World War II.

Webster volunteered for the paratroopers in 1943, before he could graduate from Harvard University. He transferred to Easy after D-Day (June 6th, 1944; Normandy, France), and then fought in Operation Market Garden (September 17th-25th, 1944; the Netherlands and Germany) before sustaining a leg injury while stationed in “the Island” in Arnhem, Holland. The injury caused him to miss the Battle of the Bulge (December 16th, 1944-January 25th, 1945; Bastogne, France).

Webster never became a noncommissioned officer in his time of service, even though his fellow paratroopers wanted him to become a squad leader. He never did anything voluntarily or that would be cause for promotion, instead choosing to be “an observer and chronicler of the war” (which is touched on during episode 8 of HBO’s Band of Brothers). He did earn a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a Good Conduct Medal while in combat, though.

After the war, he worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. He did try to write a memoir about his time in Europe, but it didn’t come to be until 1994. Webster had a keen interest in ocean life, sharks especially. This passion led him to write a book called Myth and Maneater: The Story of the Shark, and might also have led to his (untimely) death. Webster was lost at sea in September 1961, and his body was never recovered; it’s assumed that he probably drowned :(

Web was an English Lit major at Harvard, which is right up my alley. I tend to like the “sensitive writer” types, plus he’s really pretty (and not just in BoB). He got pretty cynical towards the end of the war, but can you blame him? I was super bummed when I found out he’d gone missing.


Step back in time with #mypubliclandsroadtrip to the days of Alaska’s Gold Rush.

In 1899, the Fortymile region and upper Yukon valley were awash with gold miners and settlers lured in by the Klondike Gold Rush. Reports of lawlessness among the newcomers eventually reached Washington D.C. through the slow communications available at the time. The Army’s response – the establishment of Fort Egbert on the Yukon River a few miles from Canada – was to bring profound changes to the region and reshape Alaska’s ties to the rest of the nation.  The establishment of Fort Egbert brought law and communications to the Fortymile region.

With its soldiers long gone, telegraph link to the nation replaced by high-speed Internet, Fort Egbert today is a peaceful place for a stroll through Alaska’s past. The ruins of the fort hospital are overgrown with forest, and the former parade ground now serves as a strawberry patch and grass airstrip. Yet much of the fort’s fascinating history remains preserved in the five buildings that have survived more than a century of Interior Alaska’s harsh winters.  Explore the quartermaster storehouse, used to store a six-month food supply for the fort, the mule barn, that once housed 53 animals and was used until 1911, the granary was used to store precious grains shipped to Eagle on steamboats, the water wagon shed, and the noncommissioned officers’ quarters which provided living quarters for the quartermaster and hospital steward. 

You can explore the area on your own or take advantage of the Eagle Historical Society and Museums’ daily walking tour of the city, museum, and fort. And if you’re looking for a place to stay while you explore the fort, visit BLM’s 18-site Eagle Campground is a short walk from town and fort.  Explore #yourlands!

Marines with Combat Logistics Company 36 drag a mock casualty of an Improvised Explosive Device during Exercise Dragon Fire 2014 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July 19. While just a training event, Sgt. Paul Faucheux, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Marine Corps Installations Pacific, said it provided junior Marines an introduction to IED strikes, allowed noncommissioned officers to teach, and challenged their combat leadership in countering IED strikes.

(Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Antonio Rubio/Released)


SOLDIER STORIES: Silver wings in her blood.

First Sgt. Sandrea Cruz conducts a Jumpmaster Personnel Inspection on a soldier, preparing him for a static-line parachute jump from an aircraft. Cruz leads over 150 soldiers as the first sergeant for the the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)’s Sustainment and Distribution Company. Cruz is inspired by her father, a former Green Beret who served in both the 7th and 3rd Special Forces Groups.

(Photos by Staff Sergeant Bryan Henson, 30 MAR 2015. Article by Captain Thomas Cieslak, 1 APR 2015.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - “Master your trade and never, never, never quit! Enough motivation, persistence and willpower will get you through everything,” is the advice 1st Sgt. Sandrea Cruz gives to those seeking her mentorship.

Cruz serves as the first sergeant of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Group Support Battalion’s Sustainment and Distribution Company. As the company’s senior noncommissioned officer, she is responsible for leading over 150 men and women specializing in logistics and supply operations in support of the group’s training and missions.

A sense of patriotism and love of country motivated Cruz to enlist in the Army after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Prior to her enlistment, Cruz was no stranger to the military. Born on Fort Stewart, Georgia, and raised in a military family, she fully understands the stress service in the Army places on the spouse and children of a soldier. Her father, a Green Beret who served in both the 7th and 3rd Special Forces Groups, drives her to excel in her daily duties.

“My father is the epitome of what a soldier truly represents, both on and off duty. Even though he has since retired, he is one of the most disciplined and intelligent people I know,” says Cruz about her father, who remains her most trusted mentor and hero. “I said if there was anyone I could emulate, it would be him because there was nothing that was unobtainable or out of reach to him in the military.”

“I am blessed to have my father there for me all my life; he has taught me so much. I am grateful for his guidance and his mentorship,” continued Cruz. “His performance and accomplishments in the military leave me humbled as I am reminded that persistence and hard work pays.”

Her most challenging assignment was her second duty assignment in Camp Hialeah, Pusan, Korea with the 4th Quartermaster Detachment (Airborne). As a newly-promoted sergeant with a little over two years in the Army, Cruz served as the company supply sergeant and the unit’s armorer, ammunition manager and assisted in the company’s orderly room. A demanding workload, coupled with her responsibility to lead U.S. and Korean soldiers, was her introduction to the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps and what Cruz credits for developing her into the leader she is today.

She remembers Sgt. 1st Class Celia Gonzalez as a significant influence in her early career. Gonzalez, a parachute rigger by trade and the first Hispanic female Golden Knight, was Cruz’s platoon sergeant while stationed in Korea. Though not a qualified parachutist at the time, Cruz was given the opportunity to get on a C-130 aircraft and observe Gonzalez performing duties as a primary jumpmaster.

“There was something quite thrilling and inspirational about watching her rake static lines and move parachutists out of the aircraft,” said Cruz. “This motivated me to not only go to Airborne School, but eventually become a jumpmaster myself, which I never planned to do.”

Selected in late 2014 to lead soldiers as a first sergeant in the 7th SFG(A), Cruz is one of two women in the Group serving as the senior NCO in a company, with another leading troops in the GSB’s headquarters element. She routinely performs duties as a jump master, working hard to instill confidence into soldiers anxious about the inherent dangers of airborne operations. Her husband also serves in the Army as a Green Beret. As a Special Forces soldier in 7th Group, he leads and trains Special Forces soldiers, preparing them for deployments to austere locations far away from logistics lines.

More than 13 years has passed since Cruz enlisted, and she has been a first-hand witness to the numerous cultural changes the Army has undergone. Women, she says, have a lot more opportunities in the military than when she joined. Women are now serving in assignments previously closed to them, she continued, giving them more prominent leadership roles in the contemporary force.

“The Army is an easy business,” Cruz advises younger women under her leadership. “You will get from it what you put into it.”