The Noncommissioned Officer Academy - Fort Novosel conducts Advanced and Senior NCO Leadership courses that provide aviation NCOs with opportunities to demonstrate and practice what they learn in a fast paced atmosphere.

The NCO Academy staff, made up only of NCOs, is structured with a command sergeant major as the commandant, a first sergeant as the deputy commandant, a first sergeant as the branch chief, an operations 1SG with administrative and logistical personnel, and a development cell for writing lesson plans and instructional material.

The NCO Academy performs the functions associated with a battalion-size unit. This includes administrative operations, training, supply, and security with responsibility for the health, welfare, morale, and discipline of students attending the NCO Academy.

The NCO Academy provides the Aviation Branch NCOs realistic training to prepare them to be technically and tactically qualified to assume leadership positions and to challenge them to lead by example.

The NCO Academy places NCOs in leadership positions under various conditions to evaluate their leadership abilities. The academy graduates only NCOs who meet or exceed U.S. Army standards and who can demonstrate the capability and desire to lead, as well as the potential and motivation to succeed as NCOs.

Course Information

The Basic Course structure is divided into two phases of training:

  • Module I training covers the theory and principles of common leader subjects and common leader training. This training, developed by the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, is conducted throughout the Army for all NCOs.
  • Module II training, which is primarily performance oriented, involves practical application in a branch or MOS environment, to include common aviation subjects and MOS specific subjects that reinforce tasks taught in Phase I.

The culminating event consists of four days of training that are performance oriented and focused on troop leading procedures and tactical skills.

Student Section

You will find your training at the USAACE NCO Academy both demanding and rewarding. The training will challenge you physically and mentally with an overall goal of professional grown and development. Our mission is for each student to return to their unit a better Noncommissioned Officer, ready to lead Soldiers in combat while serving at the next level.

During your training you will be placed in leadership positions and evaluated by your peers and small group leader. At the completion of the course you will receive an academic evaluation report that will reflect your performance under the "whole Soldier" concept.

Ensure that you have all required documents listed in the welcome letter when you arrive for training. Report Procedures: report by date designated, NLT 1800 at Building 4301, Andrews Ave, Fort Novosel, AL, 36362. Uniform: ACU (seasonal)

The NCO Academy SGLs are highly motivated, well-trained and ready to assist you. If you have any questions or concerns contact your SGL or branch chief.

Again, congratulations and welcome to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

Detailed student information is available on the usaace nco academy website on ACT USAACE NCO Academy on ACT.


Commander, 1st Aviation Brigade

Commandant, NCOA Fort Novosel

Command Sgt. Maj. Jose M. Perez

Command Sgt. Maj. Jose M. Perez Jr. is a native of Key West, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1995 as an aviation operations specialist. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and 15P Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama.Perez has served in every leadership position from squad leader to brigade command sergeant major. His stateside assignments include Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Fort Jackson; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Rucker; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Carson... READ MORE

Command Sergeant Major, 1st Aviation Brigade

Deputy Commandant, NCOA Fort Novosel

1SG Brandon R. Renner

First Sergeant Brandon R. Renner enlisted in the U.S. Army in March on March 8, 2006. He completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia and was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 15T, Black Hawk Helicopter Mechanic. Renner’s previous assignments include 4-3 Assault Helicopter Battalion, Savannah, Georgia, where he served as a mechanic and non-rated crewmember for the UH-60L Blackhawk; 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base... READ MORE