Atlanta Mayor Graduates the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy; Selected Class Leader
Fort Bliss, Texas - Atlanta Mayor and Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major Travis Ransom recently completed the Sergeants Major Course, after a two-year commitment culminating in a final seminar and examination at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, where he was also selected class leader during the resident portion of the course which concluded on Friday, April 20th.
“This course has been extremely challenging and I›m thankful to all the mentors I›ve had throughout my military career. I›m looking forward to continuing my military service as a senior leader in the Army Reserve,” said Mayor Travis Ransom.
The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, which is now known as the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence & U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, was founded in July 1972, and graduated its first students in 1973. Since that time, the NCOL CoE & USASMA have graduated hundreds of thousands of Soldiers from various Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses, and continually adapts to meet the needs of our nation’s defense. The Center is headed by a three-star level nominative command sergeant major and is supported by a world-class staff and academic faculty.
The mission of USASMA is to provide Professional Military Education that develops enlisted leaders to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world; and develop leaders who are fit, disciplined, and well-educated professionals. Coursework at the academy provide senior NCOs with the highest quality education by leveraging both distributive learning (dL) and resident educational technologies which develop agile and adaptive senior NCOs that can meet the challenges of unified land operations in an era of persistent conflict.
“One of the best experiences from this course was meeting fellow Sergeants Major and sharing experiences and best practices with them,” Ransom said.
Mayor Ransom has served as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major over the last two years while simultaneously enrolled in the course, which 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.