8th STB inducts NCOs at historic Fort DeRussy

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

8th Theater Sustainment Command
Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs Command Sgt. Maj. James Shuman, senior enlisted leader, 8th STB, 8th TSC, leads 24 newly inducted NCOs in the NCO Charge during an induction ceremony at historic Fort DeRussy Army Museum,  May 16.

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
Command Sgt. Maj. James Shuman, senior enlisted leader, 8th STB, 8th TSC, leads 24 newly inducted NCOs in the NCO Charge during an induction ceremony at historic Fort DeRussy Army Museum, May 16.

HONOLULU — Twenty-four Soldiers from the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, were inducted into the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps at historic U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, here, at Fort DeRussy, May 16.
The ceremony is a time-honored tradition in the Army that recognizes the step to NCO.
Holding the ceremony at the former military bunker, now a museum, added to the importance of it.
Command Sgt. Maj. James Shuman, senior enlisted leader, 8th STB, explained the importance of holding the ceremony on a piece of history.
The bunker was built in 1911, he said. The NCOs stationed at Fort DeRussy would use the two 14-inch guns to fire projectiles as far as 14 miles. It was part of a coastal defense system that was to protect Honolulu Harbor from invasion.
The ceremony began with a history of the NCO and then a description of what each rank’s responsibility is in the NCO support channel.
Guest speaking at the event was Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Tobin, senior enlisted leader for the 8th TSC. He reminded the newly inducted NCOs that being an NCO was not a right, but a privilege.
“NCOs enforce and maintain the standards,” he told them. “They mentor Soldiers and focus on teaching them on what right looks like. You’re a leader of confidence and selfless service.”
He continued by saying that the NCO Corps has the trust and confidence of the 8th TSC and the American people.
“Our NCOs are the best trained, best staffed and best led in history,” he said. “Our NCOs are the heart and soul of this command. They are the backbone of the Army, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

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