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On 1 July 1987, I stood on Chaffee Parade Field as a young Sergeant. I did not totally understanding the significance of the ceremony in which I was participating and the history of which I was destined to be a part. On that date in 1987, 25 years had passed since the Secretary of the Army had signed a General Order authorizing the creation of the Army Intelligence and Security Branch. If you had asked Sergeant Holiday on that day if he had any idea of what was happening, who he was, and where he was going, he would have told you absolutely not. Well, 25 years have passed since that historic date and on 29 June 2012, I had the honor and privilege to stand beside the Commanding General of the USAICoE as the Military Intelligence Corps Command Sergeant Major and recognize our Corps' 25th Anniversary and 50 years as an MI branch. Who would have thought that was possible? Only God knew, and he kept that information "Close Hold".

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In my 30 years as an MI Soldier I have witnessed many changes within our Army and MI Corps. As a young Soldier and noncommissioned officer (NCO) we fought the Cold War and our focus was on training and preparation to counter the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, and North Korea forces. We understood Order of Battle, enemy formations and the equipment that was associated with each type of organization. It was a time when our Army focused on conventional war, or what we called in those days, force-on-force fight. Training was a must and it was emphasized by our senior leaders and NCOs. We knew how to lead, plan, resource, and conduct large scale exercises to prepare for war. In contrast, today's junior, mid-grade and senior NCOs are products of our ten-plus years at war. With an average of 4 to 5 combat deployments each, they are the best trained, skilled and disciplined fighting force the world has ever seen.

Even though each generation has faced different conflicts and challenges, the most important things I feel we share are our Army Values and The Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer. Through generations of NCOs we have built a professional fighting force that is envied by all countries; not envied in a bad way, but in our ability to instill the will to fight and win within our Soldiers. In my opinion, it is these values that we hold so close, along with the care and leadership for our Soldiers, that sets us apart from all others. Today's Soldiers are much more complex than the Soldiers of my generation. They learn and communicate differently and their views and values vary. With this being said, the NCO is the glue that bonds Soldiers with leadership and teaches them the values, discipline, and standards that build a winning, dominate spirit. Our Army will change; policies will come and go, uniforms will change and technology will be ever-evolving. However, amidst this constant change, the NCO will always remain the constant that holds it all together.

In closing I would like to leave you with this final thought. Being a Soldier is a tough job, but being an NCO is even tougher. We are called upon, time after time, to make tough and demanding decisions concerning Soldiers and their families. We often must neglect ourselves and our own families to take care of the needs of others. We get the call in the middle of the night when a Soldier or his family is in need. We brave the bitter elements to train a Soldier and give them confidence. We never have free time because we are constantly looking out for the Soldiers. We are the ones who show no fear but only courage because we know some Soldier is looking up to us for strength, hope, and guidance. We must lead Soldiers into harm's way with the assurance they are the best trained and equipped fighting force in the world. Families call upon us in times of uncertainty to clarify the situation and give them hope. We do not want glory or medals, we only want to accomplish the mission and to take care of our Soldiers. We are Noncommissioned Officers, the Backbone and foundation of our Army and no one does it better!

I am proud to serve in your ranks and I thank you for what you do each and every day for our Service men and women, their families, our Army, and our Corps.

Always out Front! Beautiful World

by Command Sergeant Major Todd S. Holiday Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence
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Title Annotation:command sergeant major said about military intelligence
Author:Holiday, Todd S.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
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Date:Jul 1, 2012
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