NCOA ELECTS MCPOCG VINCE PATTON, USCG (Ret), PRESIDENT;
OSTROWSKI SELECTED AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Organization revamps leadership for new strategic vision
Las Vegas, NV, July 19 – The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), the voice of enlisted personnel in the Armed Forces, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, and Veterans (separated and retired), named former Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Vincent W. Patton III as President of the 56,000 member strong organization. The Board of Directors also unanimously selected BMCS Jon Ostrowski, a 30 year veteran of the USCG Reserve as Executive Director.
MCPOCG Patton, a 30 year veteran of the USCG and the first African-American selected as the service’s senior-most enlisted ranking, will lead the organization’s ambitious strategic plan for growth and expansion over the next several years.
“I have been a member of the NCOA since 1976, and proud to continue my involvement with this great organization whose motto is ‘Strength in Unity,’ supporting and being an advocate on benefits and entitlements for the enlisted personnel of our armed forces, active, retired, reserve, veteran and family members,” said Patton at the NCOA’s Annual Business Meeting and Awards Tribute in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Patton served as the eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 to October 2002. As the service’s top senior enlisted leader and ombudsman, he was the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense, with primary focus on quality of life issues, career development, work environment and personnel matters affecting over 40,000 active duty, reserve enlisted, and civilian personnel service wide.
The Board of Directors also selected BMCS Jon Ostrowski as Executive Director. BMCS Ostrowski was serving as NCOA’s Director of Government Affairs in Washington, DC, and was responsible for the inclusion of the amendment for representation on military panels for enlisted personnel. Since his retirement in spring 2015, Ostrowski has served to represent NCOA on the Joint Leadership Council, Commonwealth of Virginia; the Military Coalition; and AAFES Exchange Retiree Advisory Council, United States Army.
“With our new leadership team, NCOA is extremely well positioned for our strategic agenda. These leaders know and understand enlisted personnel, their needs, and how NCOA will lead our ranks in to this new era of warfare,” said NCOA Chairman of the Board Sgt Maj Paul Siverson, USMC (Ret), “the NCOA Board of Directors is proud to further spearhead improvements for our enlisted personnel and return the Association to its rightful home in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.”
The NCOA’s mission is to improve the lives of enlisted personnel in all military branches. The organization has embarked on an ambitious plan to expand services to veterans returning home, support the children of enlisted personnel, and assure that enlisted personnel are represented among decision-makers in the nation’s capitol. Most recently, NCOA successfully included enlisted representation on panels considering major changes to military policies over health care in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.