Accepting the graduation certificate
Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class John D. Frye, training noncommissioned officer, 335th Signal Command (Theater) receives a Master Leader Course graduation certificate from Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan S. Kernen, commandant of the Fort Stewart, Georgia, Noncommissioned Officer Academy July 31. The MLC was the very first hosted by Fort Stewart and Frye was among the 26 senior noncommissioned officers from class 04-17 to successfully complete it, and he was the first from his command to attend. Although the Army has been developing and refining the MLC for the past two years, it became a requirement for sergeants first class to be promoted to master sergeant under the Select, Train, Educate and Promote (STEP) policy on January 1, 2017. (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)