MNCOA Assistant Commandant

Assistant Commandant

SGM Joel Zecca

Sergeant Major Joel Zecca enlisted in the U.S. Army and graduated One Station Unit Training at Ft. McClellan, AL as a Military Police Soldier. He has served in a variety of Military Police leadership positions from Team Leader to First Sergeant, installation Provost SGM, International MP with NATO ISAF, Director of ALC Common Core, and Squadron SGM with the 733d Security Forces Squadron. He currently serves as the Assistant Commandant for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence NCO Academy. SGM Zecca’s state side assignments include the Pentagon, Ft. Myer, VA, Ft. Drum, NY, Ft. Bliss, TX, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA, and Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. His overseas assignments include Germany, Italy, and Hawaii. He has deployed in support of NATO’s Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia, 1997, and twice to Afghanistan in support of OEF 08-09 in Kabul and OEF 10-11 in Kandahar.

His military education includes all levels of NCOPDS culminating with the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course, Battle Staff NCO & First Sergeant’s Courses, SEJPME I & II, Air Assault School, Traffic Accident Management & Investigation Course, Antiterrorism Instructor & Program Manager Courses, Afghan Police Mentor Trainer Course, Domestic Violence Intervention Training, Conventional Physical Security and Crime Prevention & Law Enforcement Senior Leader Courses, USACE Dynamics of International Terrorism & BSR Tactical Driving and Shooting Course, DTRA AT and Homeland Defense Course, MRT Course, Army Basic Instructor & Small Group Instructor Training Courses, SATBC & TEDMMC, Army Force Management School’s HTAR for Sergeants Major, Commandants Pre Command Course, and is Incident Command certified by FEMA. He currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber Foundation and Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Program.

SGM Zecca’s awards and decorations include the BSM, DMSM, MSM (4OLC), JSCM (1OLC), ARCOM (2 OLC), AFCOM, as well as other Army, Joint, and Air Force decorations and campaign medals, JMUA (1 OLC), VUA, ASUA, USAF Outstanding Unit Award, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), the U.S. Army Europe’s Sergeant Morales medallion, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award, and has been inducted into the Order of the Combat Spur. He was the U.S. Army NCO Corps’ representative and co-author of the Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer,Backbone of the Armed Forces book, published in 2013. Additionally, he had an article on Redefining Army Leadership published in the September 2014 issue of the AUSA Army Magazine.