The year 2009 was designated as the year of the Noncommissioned Officer. Many great events occurred throughout the year for the United States Army. Successful combat operations in Iraq have led to greater stability and security for the established Government of Iraq and its people. Persistent defiance from the Taliban reignited conflict and instability for the country of Afghanistan. Within the U.S. Army there have been many significant decisions towards equipping, training, and caring for the force. Amongst all these events throughout the year there are our regularly scheduled events and traditions. Promotions are always a special event and during this year of the NCO, I had the great honor and privilege to attend and promote a good friend and a great Officer in a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.