94th AAMDC NCOs rediscover history, strengthen unit bonds

| March 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
NCOs from 94th AAMDC tour the “Hill of Sacrifice,” otherwise known as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu during an NCO staff ride, Feb. 9.

NCOs from 94th AAMDC tour the “Hill of Sacrifice,” otherwise known as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu during an NCO staff ride, Feb. 9.

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. John Johnson
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

 

HONOLULU — More than 50 noncommissioned officers assigned to the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command participated in an NCO staff ride at the Nuuanu Pali Lookout and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, here, Feb 9.

Soldiers, especially the NCOs who provide guidance and leadership, must find different ways to come together to build cohesion and train for the accomplishment of their missions.

“This is the first time I’ve been on an NCO staff ride,” said Master Sgt. Jennifer Taylor, communications automation NCO in charge, 94th AAMDC. “It was very informative and built camaraderie with the NCOs.

“It was nice to see all ages and ranks, from the newly promoted sergeant to the ‘been around for a while sergeant major,’ interacting to build and learn from each other,” she said. “It is something that I wish more units did with their NCOs.”

This year’s first staff ride was full of high winds, high cliffs, deep history and deep feelings as NCOs commented on how special and meaningful the day was, comparing and contrasting historical battles with more modern ones.

The Pali, or cliffs in Hawaiian, Lookout is set into the Koolau Mountain Range, where views of the windward side of the island were visible as Soldiers gazed out over the nearly 1,000-foot cliffs and learned about the history of the very spot they stood on.

“I have always enjoyed the NCO staff rides because each event gives you a chance to reflect on the past performances of those who made sacrifices, and the ultimate sacrifice,” said Sgt. Maj. George Walker, supply sergeant major, 94th AAMDC. “I enjoy going back into history and reading about our past comrades who paved the way for us to have the freedoms that we enjoy today.”

The day continued with a short ride to the “Hill of Sacrifice,” better known as National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, where some of the nation’s finest heroes have been laid to rest.

“Punchbowl was amazing. The history lessons and graphics alone were breathtaking, and the tribute it pays to our fallen comrades speaks volumes,” Taylor said. “It was an amazing experience that will not be forgotten.”

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