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The US Army NCO began with the birth of the Continental Army in 1775.

Those early NCO’s blended traditions of the French, British, and Prussian armies to create a Leader that was and still is today a uniquely American Product.

As the years progressed, the American NCO’s diverged sharply from their European counterparts and the result is what we today know as the back-bone of the modern Army.

In those early days of our country, very few standards existed on duties and responsibilities of the NCO.

In 1778, General von Stueben wrote Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States what is commonly referred to as the Blue Book, or the first true organization guide for the entire US Army.

In that regulation, General von Stueben articulated what a 1SG’s true duties and responsibilities were:

    • enforced discipline and encouraged duty among troops
    • maintained the duty roster
    • made morning report to the company commander
    • kept the company descriptive book

As the years have passed, the US Army has stayed true that original guide. Today, we know that 1SG’s do much more than those original tasks as outlined in 1778.

We have added to the job some, but in essence the 1SG has always been responsible for keeping the unit on a tight rope, ready to execute the commander’s intent and fully support the mission.

Today, we know that every successful unit has at its core a strong command team; a team that is a seamless blend of the 1SG and the commander. We also know that no unit is truly successful without its 1SG being exactly on target each and every day.

As we transfer the responsibility of the from one 1SG to the next, I think it is important to submit to you that   has truly met our founder’s intent of what a 1SG is supposed to do and be.

Without his firm leadership and support, many of this unit’s success would not have been possible.

From his focused military bearing, his personal courage, to...