Ms. Betty Bradford
Registrar of U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy
January 1986 – December 2018
Ms. Betty Bradford was born in Pyeongtak, Republic of Korea, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She began her civil service career in Germany in 1983, and moved to El Paso, Texas, in April 1985. In 1986 she began working at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy where she would spend the next 33 years of her career. While at USASMA, Ms. Bradford held the positions of Clerk Typist, Computer Operator, Academic Evaluation Clerk, Academic Records Clerk, Supervisory Academic Records Technician, and was ultimately named as the first Registrar of the Academy.
During her tenure she provided critical support to USASMA, and eventually The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, managing 27 NCO Professional Military Education programs of record directly supporting more than 250,000 NCOs and Soldiers. These courses included every level of the legacy NCO Professional Military Education System to today’s NCO Professional Development System courses. She also touched our international partners through her registrar duties concerning the international military student pre-course. As the Registrar, Ms. Bradford was not only responsible for maintaining student Academic Records, she also managed the Army Training Resource Requirements System, the Structured Manning Decision Review program and the student dismissal and disenrollment processes. In her career she has processed more than a million student documents – 1059s, diplomas, certificates, etc.
Ms. Bradford also played an integral part in the reorganization of USASMA and re-designation of the institution as the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
On 1 March 2018, USASMA was realigned under the Command and General Staff College for academic governance to seek academic accreditation to confer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leadership and Work Force Development. Under this new alignment and with her institutional knowledge, Ms. Bradford stood as the TRADOC subject matter expert in course management, student academic evaluation management, Army Programs, policies and procedures, and more. Her energy and drive stood out as she laid the foundation for student support services and registrar functions supporting both Army programs under the NCOL CoE and the Sergeants Major Courses under USASMA and the Command and General Staff College.
Her awards and decorations including two Superior Civilian Service Award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (7th Award) and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (3rd Award).