8th TSC NCOs reinforce tradition while at sea

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, man the rails of the 9th Mission Support Command's Logistic Support Vessel to render honors to the USS Arizona during a Noncommissioned Officer Induction, here, June 7. (Photo by Sgt. Tiffany Fudge, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, man the rails of the 9th Mission Support Command’s Logistic Support Vessel 7 during a Noncommissioned Officer Induction, June 7. (Photo by Sgt. Tiffany Fudge, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

More than 150 noncommissioned officers from the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, officially inducted 17 new NCOs into their corps during a ceremony, June 7, aboard the 9th Mission Support Command Logistic Support Vessel 7.

Prior to the ceremony, the NCOs manned the rails of LSV 7 as it traveled from Pearl Harbor to its home dock at Hickam Air Force Base, rendering honors to the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri memorials en route.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Soldiers with the 8th STB, 8th TSC, man the rails of the 9th MSC's Logistic Support Vessel 7 to render honors to the USS Arizona during an NCO Induction ceremony, June 7. (Photo by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

 Soldiers  man the rails of the 9th MSC’s Logistic Support Vessel 7 to render honors to the USS Arizona. (Photo by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

“There was something very inspiring about that, remembering those who gave everything and being inducted right after,” said Sgt. Joseph Smith, a newly inducted NCO and a motor sergeant with the 8th STB. “It was a littleemotional.”

The induction culminated a day full of events dedicated to the NCO Corps’ traditions and fellowship.

The 17 newly inducted noncommissioned officers from 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, raise their right hand and recite the NCO Charge during a Noncommissioned Officer Induction ceremony held aboard the 9th Mission Support Command's Logistic Support Vessel, here, June 7. (Photo by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The 17 newly inducted noncommissioned officers from 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, raise their right hand and recite the NCO Charge during a Noncommissioned Officer Induction ceremony held aboard the 9th Mission Support Command’s Logistic Support Vessel, here, June 7. (Photo by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

NCOs from all 8th TSC units began the day with a four-mile run led by Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commanding, 8th TSC.

8th STB NCOs then gathered for an NCO Call and lunch at Hickam AFB.

It was all about strengthening the corps, camaraderie and upholding tradition, said Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr., 8th STB senior enlisted advisor.

The induction itself reflected this same commitment through the ceremonial lighting of the NCO candles and a uniform tribute to NCOs past and present. Each inductee was formally sponsored by an NCO senior to him and then made the symbolic passage under the NCO swords. The inductees led everyone in the NCO Creed and the Army song.

Guest speaker Leighton Siu, a retired command sergeant major and the protocol chief of operations for 8th TSC, charged the inductees with living their creed as NCOs.

“You have two responsibilities as an NCO,” he said, “accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of your Soldiers.”

Siu recalled how these have always been top priorities for the corps.

Tia agreed and said these types of events bring the NCO Corps back to its roots. Now that heavy engagements around the world have decreased, NCOs must seize the opportunity to reinvigorate their ranks.

“We are happy that we were able to reinforce why the corps of the noncommissioned officers truly are the backbone of the Army,” Tia said.

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