84th Engineers induct newest group of NCOs into NCO Corps

| March 31, 2011 | 2 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Theard (left), senior enlisted leader, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and Sgt. Maj. Steven Murphy, support operations, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, watch as Sgt. Travis Thorpe, water treatment specialist, Forward Support Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., passes beneath the archway of a 10-foot engineer castle display in front of the 84th Eng. Bn.’s headquarters, recently. (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Theard (left), senior enlisted leader, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and Sgt. Maj. Steven Murphy, support operations, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, watch as Sgt. Travis Thorpe, water treatment specialist, Forward Support Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., passes beneath the archway of a 10-foot engineer castle display in front of the 84th Eng. Bn.’s headquarters, recently. (Capt. Christopher Ren | 84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Sgt. 1st Class Steve Smith
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Lighting illuminated the sky and thunder echoed, as a voice cried out, ‘Train me, sergeant, so that one day, I too, can be called sergeant.’”

Those words marked the occasion as Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Theard, senior enlisted leader, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and Sgt. Maj. Steven Murphy, support operations, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, officially inducted 27 Soldiers into the Noncommissioned Officers Corps, during a ceremony, here, recently.

“You have demonstrated, by your success, here, that you are winners,” Murphy said, as the ceremony’s guest speaker. “You are living testimonies of why the NCO Corps is so successful.”

Induction into the NCO Corps signals a Soldier’s transformation into a leader. NCOs are charged with accomplishing the mission, and they are responsible for the care, welfare and training — both technical and physical — of junior Soldiers.

“We have the power as leaders to influence the values and beliefs of others to accomplish the mission,” Murphy said. “History has proven that Soldiers will follow good leaders in tough situations.”

The NCO Corps responsibility is not one that is taken lightly by newly-minted NCOs, like Sgt. Sherwin Bulaon, combat engineer, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

“Being an NCO, you have to uphold the standard, even if you have a Soldier that is older than you,” Bulaon explained. “They could have a family; they could be struggling in different areas. How am I going to react when I have to recommend that Soldier for a punishment? You have to think of the Soldier’s welfare, but at the same time, balance it with being fair as well.”

In the past, Bulaon added, if a situation was hard, he could go to his senior NCO mentors who had the experience and advice.

“I am the NCO now that has to make the decision,” he said.

An induction ceremony is a tradition, with various elements, that herald the qualities of the NCO Corps.

Signifying their transformation into leaders, 84th Eng. Bn. inductees passed through an archway depicting a replica of a 10-foot engineer castle display, as their NCO sponsors introduced them.

Theard presented each newly inducted NCO with a copy of the NCO Creed, the Charge of the NCO and the NCO Training Guide Field Manual.

Theard, Murphy and Sgt. Rodney Wade ended the ceremony by cutting a ceremonial cake. Wade is a construction equipment supervisor with the 523rd Eng. Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., and the youngest NCO to be inducted.

84th Eng. Bn. NCO Corps Inductees

Forward Support Co.

  • Sgt. Durien Berger
  • Sgt. Renee Outlaw
  • Sgt. Travis Thorpe

Headquarters and Headquarters Co.

  • Sgt. Sherwin Bulaon
  • Sgt. Wanita Caleb
  • Sgt. Raymond Castroespinosa
  • Sgt. Adrian Doerfer
  • Sgt. Todd Turner

26th Concrete Detachment 

  • Sgt. Jose Vazquez Osorio

561st Eng. Co.

  • Sgt. Jacob Goodman
  • Sgt. George Phipps
  • Sgt. Frank Smith

523rd Eng. Co.

  • Sgt. Fritz Chevalier
  • Sgt. Shawn Hershey
  • Sgt. Justin Mazzullo
  • Sgt. Kristina McKinley
  • Sgt. Rodney Wade

643rd Eng. Co.

  • Sgt. Corey Abbott
  • Sgt. Norbert Apatang
  • Sgt. Cody Benson
  • Sgt. Cale Bixler
  • Sgt. Anthony Bledsoe
  • Sgt. Jesse Domenech
  • Sgt. Theresa Falaniko
  • Sgt. Robert Haley
  • Sgt. Oscar Lopez Sanabria
  • Sgt. Giovanni Riosluciano
  • Sgt. Charles Worley

 

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  1. Jessica says:

    Sgt George Phipps was left off this article, and he was inducted as well on that day. He is in 561st.

  2. Hawaii Army Weekly says:

    Thanks Jessica!
    I have made the correction.

    ~Lacey
    HAW managing editor

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