DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
UNITES STATES NONCOMMISSIOINED OFFICER COURSE
FORT SILL, OKLAHOMA 73503
MEMORANDUM FOR STUDENTS
SUBJECT: Welcome Letter
Leaders, welcome to the USAFCOEFS, United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA). Congratulations on your selection to attend your level of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, (NCOPD-S). Your selection places you among the best and brightest performers in your units and career management fields, and emphasizes the Army's confidence in your having the potential to serve successfully in positions of greater complexity and responsibility.
The NCOA commits itself to providing its students with a demanding and relevant professional military education (PME). Your School's leaders and trainers commit themselves to refining your existing and next skill level leader and war-fighting skills, but remains grounded in the tenants of the ADRP 6-22. The NCOA provides progressive and sequential leader, technical and tactical PME for three of five levels of the NCOPD-S for up to 2400 students annually. (ADRP 6-22, Army Leadership, AUG 2012)
1. The Basic Leader Course (BLC) "is a branch-immaterial course that provides an opportunity for Soldiers to acquire the leader skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead team-level size units. It is the foundation for further training and development. Scope of tasks/competencies addressed in BLC will provide a team and squad-level perspective where appropriate and build upon experience gained in previous training and operational assignments. Only Soldiers who have completed BLC are fully eligible for promotion to Sergeant." (FRAGO 1to HQDA EXORD 236-15 Army-wide implementation of NCOPD-S, 1 January 2016)
·2. The Advanced Leader Course (ALC) "is a branch-specific course that provides Soldiers selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant with an opportunity to enhance leadership, technical skill, tactical expertise and experience needed to lead squad and platoon-size units. Training builds on experience gained in previous training and operational assignments for the Air Defense and Field Artillery Career Management Fields. Content for the SLC includes materials required for success at both the section and platoon level perspective where appropriate, and build upon the experience gained in previous training and operational assignments. Only Soldiers who have completed ALC are fully eligible for promotion to Staff Sergeant." (FRAGO 1to HQDA EXORD 236-15 Army-wide implementation of NCOPD-S, 1 January 2016)
3. The Senior Leader Course (SLC) "is a branch-specific course that provides an opportunity for Soldiers selected for promotion to Sergeant First Class to acquire the leader , technical, and tactical skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead platoon and company-size units. Training builds on experience gained in previous trining and operational assignments for the Air Defense, Field Artillery and Electronic Warfare Career Management Fields." Content for the SLC includes materials required for success at both the platoon and battery level perspective where appropriate, and build upon the experience gained in previous training and operational assignments. Only Soldiers who have completed SLC are fully eligible for promotion to Sergeant First Class." (FRAGO 1to HQDA EXORD 236-15 Army wide implementation of NCOPD-S, 1 January 2016)
"Sharpening the Leaders Edge"
NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER ACADEMY COMMANDANT
CSM Philip Brunwald
CSM Brunwald entered the US Army from Corpus Christi, TX, in OCT, 1986 through the San Antonio MEPS station as a 19D, Cavalry Scout. Upon completion of 19D training at FT KNOX, Brunwald attended Airborne School at FT Benning and was then assigned to the 73rd Armor Airborne Battalion. In 1990, Brunwald transitioned to 13E, Cannon Fire Direction and upon completion of AIT, was assigned to 5-3 Field Artillery Battalion.
Brunwald has served as a Tank Commander, Section Chief, Observer/Controller, Platoon Sergeant, Intel NCO, First Sergeant, Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major. He has served on the Sheridan Recon Vehicle, 8” Self propelled Artillery, the 155mm Paladin, and the Multiple Launch Rocket System. He has attended Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Battle Staff, First Sergeant Course, Class 55 USASMA, the BN, BDE, Garrison Commander, and Commandant Pre-Command Course.
His duty assignments also include Fort Bragg, Giessen and Baumholder Germany, Fort Polk, Fort Bliss, Fort Sill, Afghanistan, and USAG-Hawaii.
Brunwald’s awards include the Bronze Star and he has earned a M.Ed degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Brunwald is married to the former Rebecca Stahl of Longview, TX and they have two sons, Taylor and Hunter.
NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER ACADEMY DEPUTY COMMANDANT
Robert T. Stasik
Robert T. Stasik was born at Fort Bragg, N.C., February 1964. He is from LaSalle, Illinois and is a 1982 graduate of LaSalle Peru Township High School. He entered military service in 1981 with the Army Reserve, Split Option Training program and enlisted in the Army in Mar. 1984.
Stasik served with C Battery, 1st Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, (AFAR) 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, from 1984 to 1990. He has held every duty position in a cannon fire direction center including: driver, advance party, radio-telephone operator, vertical control operator, horizontal control operator, senior cannon fire direction specialist, chief computer and platoon sergeant.
Stasik was then assigned to D Battery, 319th AFAR, 3-325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, (ABCT), Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy. He served as chief computer and headquarters platoon sergeant and deployed to Northern Iraq with the 3-325th ABCT as part of Joint Task Force Bravo, Operation Provide Comfort.
In May 1993, Stasik reported to Fort Sill, Okla. and served as drill sergeant in B Battery, 1-19th FA and senior instructor writer in A Battery, 1-30th FA (Provisional).
In July 1997, Stasik returned to Fort Bragg and served with Headquarters and Service Battery, 319th AFAR as the 82d Airborne Division Artillery (DIVARTY) fire control noncommissioned officer until Dec. 1999. He then served as operations sergeant with 1-319th AFAR until reassigned as first sergeant of B Battery.
Stasik served as senior military instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, ROTC for the next two years. He then attended the Sergeant’s Major Course, Class 54 and then served as operations sergeant major of the 479th FA Brigade before retiring in 2007.
His military education includes the Primary Leader Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, (commandant’s list), Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, (honor graduate) Drill Sergeant Course, (distinguished honor graduate) First Sergeant Course, USASMA Sergeant’s Major Course and Jumpmaster Course.
His awards include the Humanitarian Service Medal 2nd award, Army Achievement Medal 7th award, Army Commendation Medal 5th award, Meritorious Service Medal 3rd award, Legion of Merit, Master Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Spanish Armed Forces Parachutist Badge and British Parachutist Badge.
Stasik has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude).
He has served as the Fires Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer Academy deputy commandant since Jan. 2008. Stasik is married to the former Vickie Mcfadin of LaSalle, Ill. and they have three grown children.
NCOA Memorandum Letter