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Eighth Army Wightman NCO Academy

Wightman NCO Academy

By Example

Mission

TRAIN, TEACH, COACH, and MENTOR future leaders to be agile and adaptive leaders. Additionally, the KATUSA Training Academy will prepare Korean Augmentation To the United States Army (KATUSA) to be fully integrated in the Eighth Army mission and increase the ROK/US combined defense during war and peacetime operations. We will effectively prepare personnel to instruct utilizing the Experiential Learning Model (ELM).

  • ACADEMY HISTORY

      The Eighth Army Wightman Noncommissioned Officer Academy was officially established in November 1960 near Ha-Pongam-Ni, South Korea under control of the 7th Infantry Division. The Academy is named in honor to MSG James M. Wightman, of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division who distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against an armed hostile force in the vicinity of Tri-Goot, Korea on 9 March 1951. Originally, the program of instruction was known as the Primary Noncommissioned Officer's Course/Combat Arms (PNCOC/CA). On November 1, 1969, the Eighth Army Wightman NCO Academy was reorganized and assigned to I Corps. In March 1971, the Academy relocated to Story Barracks, between Camps Casey and Hovey, and it expanded its services to units in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and Okinawa.

      In January 1974, a Command Sergeant Major was named as Commandant of the Academy. This placed more direct responsibility on the senior NCOs for the military education and training of the NCO Corps of today's Army. Shortly thereafter, the Academy was once again relocated in 1975 to Camp Jackson and in February 1978, the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) of Instruction was implemented. This placed the first line supervisor, or a Soldier about to become a supervisor upon graduation into the enlisted personnel management system. The primary purpose was to develop leadership, supervisory and management skills, and upgrade combat survivability training, in addition to developing those attributes that would ensure confidence and develop a sense of responsibility required of all NCOs.

      In 1983, the establishment of the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) training center was formed and KATUSA Soldiers began to spend their whole military tour in the U.S. Army. Today, Eighth Army is authorized 3,444 KATUSA Soldiers and the ROKA Training Center is known as the KATUSA Training Academy under the Eighth Army Wightman NCOA.

      In August 2005, PLDC changed its title to Warrior Leader Course (WLC) in order to better align itself with relevant curriculum and lessons learned. Later, in August 2015, WLC was renamed to the Basic Leaders Course (BLC). The Academy remained at Camp Jackson for over 40 years until moving to its present day location at Camp Humphreys, South Korea in May 2018. The Eighth Army Wightman Noncommissioned Officers Academy's motto continues to be: "By Example".

Leaders

  • Command Sergeant Major Walter E. Kirk Jr. Commandant Command Sergeant Major Walter E. Kirk Jr.
  • First Sergeant Henry T. Uribe II Deputy Commandant First Sergeant Henry T. Uribe II

Announcements

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

Commandant's Policy on Sexual Harrassment

SHARP HOTLINE

USFK 24/7 Sexual Assault Response Hotline: DSN: 158 Commercial: 0503-363-5700 Calling from the US: 011-82-503-363-5700

DoD Safe Helpline: 1-877-995-5247

Contact Information

CSM Walter E. Kirk

walter.e.kirk.mil@mail.mil, (315) 756-3500

1SG Henry T. Uribe II

henry.t.uribe2.mil@mail.mil, (315) 756-3504

MSG Shane Z. Garrison

shane.z.garrison.mil@mail.mil, (315) 756-3509