The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy’s Hall of Honor was established on May 5, 2006. The Hall of Honor is a means of recognizing outstanding individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to the USASMA and the Army’s NCO Education System.
Since opening, there have been 28 members inducted into the Hall of Honor, including the 14 faculty group members of the Sergeants Major Academy’s first class, who were inducted as a group.
This month, four new members were inducted into the hall. The newest members include one of our own here at Fort Hood, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel K. Elder. He is a former top noncommissioned officer of the 13th Corps Support Command, now known as the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and command sergeant major of the Army Materiel Command. But it is his pioneering work in getting NCO education opportunities and knowledge-sharing platforms on the Worldwide Web that gained him lasting recognition at Fort Bliss earlier this month.
Elder founded the original NCO website and its successors, squadleader.com and firstsergeant.com. He later donated his sites to the Army, which turned them into the Battle Command Knowledge System, the premier site on the web for Army NCOs.
Elder is now on our III Corps staff as a consultant. The Sentinel editor interviewed Elder for this issue, so ensure you read the article on page A6. Congratulations Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Daniel K. Elder!
Three others joined Elder in this year’s induction: retired Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer and retired Sgt. Maj. Elvin Hobbs.
The Hall of Honor inducts NCOs, officers and retirees who have made a significant contribution.
The Hall of Honor displays a framed photo of the inductee with a biography of contributions below the photo which hangs on the wall of the USASMA.
Throughout its more than 35-year history, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss has helped mold, educate and inspire senior noncommissioned officers from around the world to take on the gauntlet of showcasing the importance of NCOs and the Noncommissioned Officer Education System as an integral part of the military. Specifically, it shows that NCOs are the backbone of the profession of arms.