Fort Campbell will kick off the “Year of the NCO” during a ceremony at Wilson Theater Friday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.
The Department of the Army named 2009 “The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer” as a time to enhance the education, fitness, leadership, and pride in service of Army NCOs; to recognize the leadership, commitment, and courage of our NCOs, and to inform the public about the responsibilities and quality of service of our NCOs.
Fort Campbell’s inaugural event will set the stage for a year-long focus on the contributions and successes of NCOs. Fort Campbell has an estimated 15,000 NCOs assigned to a variety of positions ranging from infantryman to nurse.
Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Charles Fitzpatrick will be the guest speaker at the event. CSM Fitzpatrick served in the Army from 1970 until 2001. He served as the battalion command sergeant major for three battalions, as the brigade sergeant major for three brigades, and retired as the Division command sergeant major for the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. He currently works as the Chief for Plans and Operations at the Fort Campbell Battle Command Training Center.
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