Jose Mendez was a 1994 graduate of Brownfield High School and will graduate on Friday, May 7 from the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence. the graduation will be virtual and can be viewed on Friday morning at 10 a.m.
Jose joined the Army in 1995. He has been to Korea four times, and to Saudia Arabia twice. He has been stationed at FT Bliss Texas, Ft. Jackson South Carolina on active duty. Jose was mobilized in Camp Shelby Mississippi, Birmingham Alabama, and Ft. Sill Oklahoma.
Jose became a Drill Sgt in 2003-2009 and became a Drill Sgt Leader (aka making Drill Sgt.) from 2008-2009.
He currently werves in the Army Reserve and my unit is in Belle Chase, Louisiana. He is the 377th STB Command Sergeant Major (CSM).
Jose is married to Dana Mendez and has a 5 year old daughter Bella. He also has two adult sons by marriage, Brandon and Brice. He also has a third son, Blake, who will graduate high school in May.
Jose stated, “I would like to thank my mother, Maria Ramirez, who still lives in Brownfield, for all the support she has given me throughout the years. Having children serving in the Military can be stressful and she has always stuck by my side. I would like to say thank you to the past, present and future service members who stand up and defend this great nation we love so much. Brownfield is my home and you are always on my mind.”
According to their Social Media presence, “The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence (NCOLCoE) and Sergeants Major Academy (SGM-A) is acknowledged by military and civilian organizations as the world’s premiere institution for the education of noncommissioned officers.
“It is accredited as an academic Institution of Excellence, and is a direct reporting unit to Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The NCOLCoE and SGM-A is headed by a three-star level nominative command sergeant major and supported by a world-class staff and faculty. NCOLCoE creates all curricula for each level of the Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS), and plays a key role in the education of all enlisted leaders from corporal to command sergeant major in the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
“It also trains NCOs of our sister services and global allies. The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy was founded in July 1972 and graduated its first students in 1973. In March 2020 the institution became the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence. The SGM-A is a part of the CoE.
“Since its humble beginnings, the institution now touches more than 390,000 annually from various NCOPDS courses, and continually adapts to meet the needs of our nation’s defense. For more information about the Academy, visit us online at https://www.ncolcoe.army.mil/.”
About the graduating class of 05-21, The NCO stated, “The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence congratulates these students of SMC-DL Class 05-21 on a job well done. Ultima! The SMC-DL provides tools to develop adaptability, critical reasoning, creative thinking, and decision-making skills. Soldiers are provided an education that teaches them to enhance their character, self-expression, and strengthen teamwork abilities.
“The course assists in the development of logical, practical and original reasoning abilities necessary for problem solving. Students analyze problems based on available information, arrive at logical solutions and decisions with reasonable speed, communicate reasoning and decision orally and in writing, and supervise to ensure proper execution.
Intellectual honesty, integrity, and professional values and standards are highly stressed. The SMC-DL is 18-24 months long containing instructional hours delivered through 40 hours of senior enlisted joint professional military education, 338 hours of interactive multimedia instructional (distance learning) and 120 hours of resident instructions and covers all course content delivered in the resident Sergeants Major Academy. #ByExample“
You can go to The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Facebook page for information on how to view this graduation ceremony.
We are so proud of Jose and the fine work he is doing in protecting our freedoms. We thank you, sir for your service!