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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Dale
Sergeants Major Academy Leader
Earns Blacks In Government Honors
By Master Sgt. Eric Pilgrim
U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Public Affairs
FORT BLISS, Texas, Aug. 24, 2006 — The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy’s Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Dale was named recipient of the Blacks In Government (BIG) 2006 Meritorious Service Award last week. The national honor goes to one African American soldier each year.

“I was shocked,” Dale said. “I’m excited about being selected, but I don’t think I do anything above and beyond what any leader should do. I’m still at a loss for words.”

The academy’s senior noncommissioned officer influences the curriculum taught at all Noncommissioned Officer Education System schools throughout the Army. In his position, Dale is considered the right man for the job by many – a quiet-spoken, humble soldier, quick with a smile and a word of advice, who fully believes in taking care of soldiers.

Dale was nominated for the honor a few months ago by Col. David Abramowitz, school commandant.

“To me, it was pretty obvious; we’re USASMA, we’re the keystone of NCO education and he’s the noncommissioned officer in charge of that,” Abramowitz said. “I thought he was absolutely the right person to be nominated for this award, and I thought for sure he would win because when you take a look at the requirements for Blacks In Government award, it’s a leader, an educator, a role model – he’s all three.”

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Dale was named recipient of the Blacks In Government (BIG) 2006 Meritorious Service Award last week. U.S. Army photo by
Master Sgt. Eric Pilgrim

Initiated in 1975, BIG originally focused on federal-employee issues, but quickly spread to encompass government employees at state and local levels. Today its goals include promoting equity in all aspects of American life, excellence in public service and opportunity for all Americans.

Dale attributes his desire to help others to his parents and grandparents, who he said taught him the rewards that come with lending a helping hand.

 “That’s what they taught me: to help people no matter what,” he said.

Last Updated:
08/24/2006, Eastern Daylight Time
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