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It only took 7 years but....
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:25:56 AM »
It only took me 7 years but I want to announce to everyone here that I will be the Historian of the newly reopened United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Heritage and Education Center, formally known as the US Army NCO Museum.

This is a Department of the Army GS (General Service) Position that I have been applying for since coming to the Sergeants Major Academy as a contractor back in 2008.

The Museum is located at Fort Bliss Texas on Biggs Army Airbase or as we know it here as East Bliss. In order to preserve the History of the NCO from it's inception in the 1700's to present day and to educate NCO's on the history of the NCO Corps the name was changed from museum to a Heritage and Education Center. Back in December during Christmas break several of the Sergeant's Major students from Class 65 as well as their spouses and other volunteers helped to gut the building and rebuild display areas and repainted walls and other modern upgrades to include large TV monitors and a lecture area. The building where the artifacts are located has been completely remodeled and now has an area for induction ceremonies for NCO's, as well as displays of uniforms, equipment, weapons and other items used by NCOs throughout time. The rededication/reopening ceremony was held May 28, 2015. The Heritage and Education Center was the Legacy Gift from the Students of The United States Army Sergeant's Major Academy Class 65.

I am scheduled to start in a few weeks and I will keep everyone posted as far as progress on upcoming projects and other plans we have to bring maximum exposure to the center. This is the only education center of it's kind in the US Army and our vision is for it to be used as a teaching tool for future NCO's as well as a repository for records and oral interviews of past NCOs who have impacted our United States Army Military History.. 

I look forward to sharing this new chapter in my life/career with everyone..and I want to thank those who were "in the know" previously from the begining for their Prayers.. I have been truly Blessed with this opportunity and finally I have my dream job...

Smitty
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 07:30:51 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS Smitty!!
We will expect to see more about this new adventure as you grow into it.

Best Wishes. ;)
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 07:38:41 AM »
Thank you..

I look forward to sharing with everyone...

Smitty
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 07:55:59 AM »
Congratualtions Leigh...seems like your dream job has come to reality. Good luck...and I'm sure we all look forward to your future forum updates!

Ian  ;)
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 08:31:57 AM »
I will do what I can to continue to contribute and to grow this forum by knowledge sharing and moderating..

Smitty
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2015, 08:47:30 AM »
Congrats. Well done !!!  What an adventure.

Looking forward to updates.


K
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 09:22:31 AM »
Smitty,
I thought most new Historians are appointed in 1 year??  ::)
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2015, 11:10:11 AM »
Smitty , Im just glad that my little input helped you out  ;)
best of luck my friend , couldn't have happened to nicer guy and a gentleman to boot !!

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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2015, 12:10:02 PM »
Smitty,
I thought most new Historians are appointed in 1 year??  ::)

I was the exception...   :o

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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2015, 12:10:26 PM »
Smitty , Im just glad that my little input helped you out  ;)
best of luck my friend , couldn't have happened to nicer guy and a gentleman to boot !!

LB

Thank you my Brother...

Smitty
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2015, 03:49:37 PM »
CONGRAT SMITTY!!!!

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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2015, 04:05:37 PM »
Thank you all..

This is a great forum with great people..

I hope to be able to assist everyone in the future..

You are all my extended family..

Smitty
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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2015, 06:49:36 PM »
Couldn't think of a better qualified person to do the job my friend; your passion for military history & your 20+ career in the United States Army, the majority of which was as a Non-Commissioned Officer, will ensure that this new museum will be a top-notch facility & guarantee the "proper" telling of the story of the Non-Commissioned Officer

Well done brother & ALL THE WAY!

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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2015, 09:40:45 PM »
Great news.

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Re: It only took 7 years but....
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2015, 09:55:10 PM »
  Congrats Smitty! From one historian to another and from one NCO to another. I think you will bring a new degree of excellence to a great establishment. I look forward to seeing pictures and posts and exchanging museum info as well. Scott.
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