Induction ceremony welcomes new NCOs

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Kevin Barcena marches through the arch and officially becomes an NCO during the 45th Sust. Bde.'s NCO Induction Ceremony held in Kandahar, Afghanistan, June 8.

Sgt. Kevin Barcena marches through the arch and officially becomes an NCO during the 45th Sust. Bde.'s NCO Induction Ceremony held in Kandahar, Afghanistan, June 8.

Almost 40 in 45th Sust. Bde. get “Rite of Passage”

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Smith
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — It’s a very defining moment for enlisted Soldiers who experience it: stepping through an arch created by two silver swords, simultaneously raised in opposite directions, and officially marching into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

Nearly 40 Soldiers from the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, shared this moment with one another during an NCO Induction Ceremony, here, June 8.

The event began in traditional Army fashion by introducing the official party, followed by an invocation and the national anthem. Next, the Soldiers learned a bit of NCO history before conducting a special presentation for the audience known as The Soldiers Request/NCO Response.

Junior-ranking Soldiers marched to the front of the crowd, sounding off loud and thunderous with their requests to all NCOs spread throughout the service. Their requests were to be trained properly, to be taken care of, to not be mistreated, and to be trained to become sergeants themselves one day.

NCOs followed suit, marching to the front and sounding off with their promises to the young Soldiers.

“The greatest commodity in the Army is Soldiers” said guest speaker Command Sgt Maj. Karl Roberts Sr., command sergeant major, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan. “You know what the standard is; you know what the standard looks like. We don’t have to go out here every day and look for it; it’s in this room.”

The highlight of the day came during the presentation of inductees. Each Soldier waited behind a custom-built arch decorated with NCO ranks and the 45th Sust. Bde.’s custom branding. The new NCOs then marched through after hearing their names called, completing their official “Rite of Passage” into a new world of responsibility.

“I thought the NCO induction ceremony was well put together,” said Sgt. Lauren Coleman, NCO inductee and cable installer maintainer, 45th Sust. Bde. “I was happy to be a part of something special.”

These Soldiers are some of the Army’s newest sergeants. With their new rank, they are expected to lead, train, communicate and take care of Soldiers every day.

“All I ask you to do is live the (Army) values, live the code, respect the (Soldiers) Creed and respect one another,” Roberts said. “You are the future.”

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