|Adm Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and Gen Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation sign a NATO Non-Commissioned Officer Strategy and Recommended NCO Guidelines
Myself and my good friend CSM Ludek Kolesa (CZE Army), want to inform you that on 13 October 2010 at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral Jim Stavridis and the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Stephane Abrial signed the first-ever NATO NCO Strategy and Recommended NCO Guidelines for the NATO Alliance. We feel this has global impact since many of the military operations in the world today are NATO-led.
A few points I would to make about this document:
* This Bilateral Strategic Command (Bi-SC) NCO Strategy and Recommended NCO Guidelines will serve as impetus to serve the Alliance in further aiding nations with NCO initiatives and reform where desired. Senior Enlisted Leaders serving for Chiefs of Defense can now use this as a tool if they desire to work on NCO indicatives. If either strategic command of NATO can be of any assistance please ask.
* This document creates synergy among the diverse NCO Corps within NATO Alliance and partner nations. We have more in common than differences. NATO military operations require a solid network of Senior Enlisted Leaders communicating with each other to accomplish the mission, share ideas, learn lessons from each other, and much more.
* This document serves as an impetus to establish NCO education that is complimentary to national programs where required. NATO school, in Oberammergau, Germany, has established NCO education and is pursuing a course for Command Senior Enlisted Leaders serving at the highest levels of the military structure.
* This document serves as an impetus to establish Command Senior Enlisted Leaders (CSELs) where the NATO Command Structure (NCS) is required. Our Joint Forces Command should consider adopting changes to Peacetime Establishment (PE) and Crisis Establishment (CE) positions (NATO TDA) where needed to further the capability of the NATO Alliance.
* This document serves as an impetus that empowers CSELs to lead NCO professional Development. NCOs are developed by setting a standard, giving them a mission, and holding them accountable. With that said, there is an inherent responsibility to ensure the non-commissioned officer is trained, educated, and developed in a professional manner. No different than ensuring we have a professional officer corps. NCOs need the tools to do the job we are asking them to do.
* ACT, ACO, JFC CSELs will need to strategically communicate the purpose, scope, and expected outcomes of this document within the NATO Command Structure, NATO Force Structure, and partner nations of the Alliance.
* When required this document may be referred to with setting expectations about the qualities required of ORs in the international environment. This Bi-SC will have a significant impact upon the NATO Alliance for many years to come. This document demonstrates the confidence General Abrial and Admiral Stavridis have in our Non-Commissioned Officer Corps.
This confidence speaks volumes about the need for NCOs to be empowered.
Please take a few minutes to read the attached
My hats off to all that had a role in the development of this NATO NCO Strategy.
All the best,
Michael M. Balch
CSM, US Army
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Allied Command Operations Senior Enlisted Leader / SNCO ACO