NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
DLA Distribution’s newly promoted Army Staff Sgt. Brittany Sheehan was an E-5/Sgt. for three years prior to this promotion.
She prepared for this promotion by attending a variety of military schools – military freefall, jumpmaster, Advanced Leaders Course (mandatory in order to get promoted) – and competing and winning the NCO of the month board for the 528th Sustainment Brigade in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. She also attended college courses.
Still, the Operations NCO didn’t really believe it when she was informed of her new rank.
“I was made aware of my promotion when 1st Sgt. Maximo Nunez called me on a Friday afternoon. It was a complete surprise – I asked him to send me a picture of the promotion list because I didn’t believe him,” joked Sheehan.
Staff Sgt. Sheehan’s ambition moving forward is to attend the Military Freefall Jumpmaster School, August 26th, and then on to the Pathfinder School, and Battle Staff.
She’ll also continue with her college courses to become a veterinarian for when she eventually retires.
“I’ve already been selected to compete in the NCO of the Year board in September upon my return from MFF JM. After my tour here at the DLA, I would like to get back to training and leading lower enlisted Soldiers, and eventually be an instructor for the Static Line Jumpmaster Course,” said Sheehan.
When Sheehan was a platoon sergeant at Ft. Bragg, she asked her Soldiers to go beyond what they were expected to do, meaning, don’t just come to work and do what is needed, but reach out, see if there’s anything else that needs to be done and take some initiative on a daily basis.
Sheehan recognized that although it could be challenging, she encouraged her Soldiers to attend and compete in boards. And, as soon as they were eligible for Tuition Assistance, enroll in college courses, and then select what military schools they would like to attend.
She gave her advice for those working toward promotion.
“Build your own map of how you want your career to go, since you’re the one that’s going to be following it,” said Sheehan.