Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — The 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, recently hosted a noncommissioned officer induction ceremony at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor at Ford Island.
Ten inductees were the first NCOs to go through an official 8th STB NCO induction ceremony.
The ceremony gave tribute to all fallen Soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and it included a tribute to NCOs, the history of the NCO Creed and a speech made by the guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt, senior enlisted leader, 8th TSC.
“This is a bittersweet day,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during a later speech.
Terry said the “sweet” came from inducting the 10 newly promoted NCOs into the NCO Corps, and the “bitter” came from a retirement ceremony for Sgt. Maj. June Pugh, plans sergeant major, 8th TSC, at the 1st Lt. Brostrom Community Center, here, later that day.
“She’s made her bones in the Army, and she’s done it with dignity and honor,” Terry added. “She’s made those bones by not taking the easy path, but by taking the hard one. To me, that’s how you earn your stripes as you go along in your service.”
As a special honor, Pugh read the NCO Creed, and spoke of duty, responsibility and obligation to the Corps’ newest inductees during their NCO ceremony.
“As (an NCO) who has paved the way and is now out of the way, I was able to hand the reins over to the Army’s future leaders,” Pugh said.
She told the inductees to take the creed to heart and to allow it to become part of their lifestyles.
“Be the best you can be on duty as well as off duty,” she said. “You are Soldiers (24/7) and 365 days a year. Be flexible and always be prepared for whatever may come your way, because as (NCOs), you will be expected to get the job done.”
“It’s those characteristics (gumption and leadership) that we look for in our leaders in our Army,” Terry said. “(Pugh) never took the easy path (or) the easy road. She had a lot of tough assignments. She is a big person, not in stature, but in spirit.”
During the ceremony, Pugh was awarded the Legion of Merit Award for her continuous dedication to duty and her Soldiers.