2020 NCOA Military Vanguard Award Recipients

The Military Vanguard Award of the Non Commissioned Officers Association is awarded annually to a single member from each of the Armed Services who has distinguished himself or herself through acts of heroism.  The selection is done through a rigorous nominating and screening process within each of the military services.  These awards commemorate and honor an enlisted Medal of Honor recipient from each branch of service.  Military service is based on a sense of duty, on the assumption that the common good is more important than the individual.  The actions meriting the receipt of the 2020 NCOA Military Vanguard Awards personify the spirit and intent of this most prestigious recognition.

Recipients of NCOA’s 2020 Military Vanguard Awards were announced via a Zoom Meeting on June 24.  Read the accounts of the heroic actions of our 2020 Military Vanguard Award recipients:


SSG Benjamin J. Roberts  



SSgt Samuel S. Mullins



SO1 Mark T. Palmer



CMSgt James M. Traficante



EM2 Daniel M. Peters

NCOA’s Change of Command

On June 15, 2020, Vincent W. Patton III, the Eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, passed the mantle of NCOA’s leadership to Paul A. Kingsbury, Fleet Master Chief, U.S. Navy (Ret), as Kingsbury assumed the position of NCOA President and National Commander. 

NCOA’s Board of Directors, Staff, and Members extend their humble thanks to outgoing president Vincent W. Patton for his years of dedicated service to the enlisted members of our Armed Forces and their families, and wish him “fair winds and following seas” as he embarks on the next amazing chapter of his life.

A huge NCOA WELCOME ABOARD goes out to Master Chief Kingsbury as we look forward to our exciting future under his guidance.

FLTCM Kingsbury’s Biography


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NCOA Mission

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), a Military Service Organization (MSO), was created in 1960 to address quality of life issues for enlisted members of our Active, Reserve, National Guard, Retired, and Veteran members of all branches of the Armed Forces as well as their families.  As we have evolved, education, work force development, employment, legislative advocacy and the quality of life within our communities as well as the physical and mental health of our enlisted service men and women and their families have become our primary aim.