728th MP Bn. inducts NCOs, upholds Army tradition

| May 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, battalion command sergeant major, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, presents Sgt. Deborah Hammett, 58th MP Company, 728th MP Bn., with a framed copy of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer signed by both Cross and Hammett during an NCO induction ceremony held May 14 at Sgt. Smith Theater. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, battalion command sergeant major, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, presents Sgt. Deborah Hammett, 58th MP Company, 728th MP Bn., with a framed copy of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer signed by both Cross and Hammett during an NCO induction ceremony held May 14 at Sgt. Smith Theater. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The military is steeped in history and has many traditions honoring that history, and perhaps, no tradition is as vital to the force as military ceremonies.

The 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, held a Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, here May 14.

Twenty-seven Soldiers were inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony that not only honored the newly promoted sergeants, but also upheld Army tradition.

In the back of the ceremony’s program guide was an excerpt from “The Army Noncommissioned Officer Guide” containing a quote by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Joshua Perry, regimental command sergeant major, Military Police Corps.

“Some of the old Soldiers out there, who have perhaps grown a bit cynical and too sophisticated for ceremonies, think you have the option to decline a ceremony for yourself,” Perry said, in the

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Sgt. Kevin Dahlby, 558th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, crosses through an arch created by two noncommissioned officer swords and becomes inducted into the NCO Officer Corps during a ceremony held May 14 at Sgt. Smith Theater by the 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde. 8th TSC. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – Sgt. Kevin Dahlby, 558th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, crosses through an arch created by two noncommissioned officer swords and becomes inducted into the NCO Officer Corps during a ceremony held May 14 at Sgt. Smith Theater by the 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde. 8th TSC. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

guide. “A military ceremony is not yours, even if you are the sole reason for the ceremony. It belongs to all the Soldiers.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, battalion command sergeant major, 728th MP Bn., didn’t just come across Perry’s words and have them placed in the program guide as a reminder to his Soldiers; he witnessed Perry’s words firsthand as a young private, 23 years ago, and has lived those words ever since.

“I remember being in basic training, and a big statured man (Perry) standing out front (of the formation) saying just that, those same words,” said Cross.

“The most selfless part of being a leader is supporting these types of events,” Cross added. “The goal of the tradition of having an induction ceremony, like this, is you’ve got to let them (inductees) know there is a clear line that has been marked in the sand, and you (newly promoted sergeants) just stepped over that line. Now you’re a noncommissioned officer. There are expectations; you have to lead and you’re expected to lead.”

Sgt. Nichelle Bishop, 71st Chem. Co., 8th MP Bde., was one of the 27 sergeants inducted into the NCO Corps during the ceremony.

“I am a part of something bigger than myself. Being a part of that ceremony, that’s one of the reasons I joined the Army,” said Bishop. “It ran real deep in my soul. I wasn’t just pinned a sergeant; I am a part of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps. I am a part of something that has been there before me and will continue on through me.”

Bishop then spoke about the impact that ceremonies like the NCO induction have on her Soldiers and others.

“When you sit there as a private, specialist or whatever your rank, and you see people go through these ceremonies, you say to yourself, ‘I can do that too.’ It’s very motivational,” said Bishop.

Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring, brigade command sergeant major, 8th MP Bde., was in attendance.

“Events like these are important because it takes us back to the basics of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps, reliving our history, our roots and traditions,” said Woodring. “We have ceremonies like these because it instills the importance of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps, and it shows Soldiers that this is an important milestone. This is something they need to strive for. It’s what they should come into the military wanting to do, to be a leader.”

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  1. Timothy Hartnett says:

    I was hoping find some MP gear( bazar , gold whistle, landler and maybe a dickie with company crest). I don`t know if it is possible or not but I`ve looked every were else with out success. I was in Korea in 1968 with B company and also did traffic in Taejon. My older brother was with A company in Inchon 8 years before me. I wanted my son to be a MP but he became a ranger and was station there with the 25th infantry(he`s now a detective and swat member with the Brookfield Il police dept.). I`m not in the best of health and was putting my uniform together for my wake and realized I was missing some things I thought I had. I will pay what ever it cost. I hope you can help me!
    Sgt. Timothy Hartnett

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