8th MPs induct NCOs, honor history aboard USS Missouri

| December 29, 2014 | 2 Comments
PEARL HARBOR — Noncommissioned officer inductees from within the 8th Military Police Brigade wait to be called forth during an NCO induction ceremony held on board the USS Missouri Memorial, Dec. 11, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

PEARL HARBOR — Noncommissioned officer inductees from within the 8th Military Police Brigade wait to be called forth during an NCO induction ceremony held on board the USS Missouri Memorial, Dec. 11, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – It’s a significant time in an enlisted Soldier’s career when he or she earns chevrons and joins the ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps, a symbolic moment worthy of the Army’s time-honored NCO Induction Ceremony.

Over 50 NCOs from within the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, experienced that moment when they were officially inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony on the USS Missouri Memorial here, Dec. 11.

The memorial, or Mighty Mo as she’s often called, was the last and largest battleship ever built, and on a ceremony aboard her deck Sept. 2, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan’s surrender, officially ending World War II.

PEARL HARBOR — Noncommissioned officer inductees from within the 8th Military Police Brigade, step through two swords, officially entering the NCO Corps during an NCO induction ceremony held on board the USS Missouri Memorial, Dec. 11, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

PEARL HARBOR — Noncommissioned officer inductees from within the 8th Military Police Brigade, step through two swords, officially entering the NCO Corps during an NCO induction ceremony held on board the USS Missouri Memorial, Dec. 11, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

The induction ceremony reflected the unit’s commitment to honoring the historic venue, while honoring the history of the NCO Corps, and guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Finis A. Dobson, the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s senior enlisted adviser, emphasized the great responsibility associated with being a member of the Corps, which now lay upon the shoulders of the day’s inductees.

“Being an NCO is a tough job that requires selfless duty, dedication and commitment,” said Dobson. “It means setting an example and leading from the front at all times.”

The new sergeants recited the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer and each inductee signed his or her name upon the creed and passed through an arch made of two swords, officially marking their entrance into NCO Corps.

Lower enlisted Soldiers then stepped forward for the tradition known as The Soldiers Request/NCO Response.

Sounding off in loud and clear voices, each Soldier made requests upon their respective NCOs, who answered their requests with pledges of leadership.

Inductee Sgt. Tianna Byrne of the 74th Explosive Ordnance Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, said the ceremony was one she was proud to be a part of and would never forget.

PEARL HARBOR — Over 50 noncommissioned officer inductees from within the 8th Military Police Brigade recite the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer during an NCO induction ceremony held on board the USS Missouri Memorial, Dec. 11, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

PEARL HARBOR — Over 50 noncommissioned officer inductees from within the 8th Military Police Brigade recite the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer during an NCO induction ceremony held on board the USS Missouri Memorial, Dec. 11, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Command Sgt. Maj. Angelia Flournoy, the 8th MP Brigades senior enlisted adviser, said the ceremony was about bringing back traditions and helping the new NCOs realize how significant the role of the noncommissioned officer is.

“I think it’s important that they understand the threshold they cross when they become NCOs,” said Flournoy. “It gives them a sense of pride of who they are and what they represent.”

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  1. Bob Johnston says:

    Hypocrisy of “Command Sgt. Maj. —, the 8th MP Brigades senior enlisted adviser, said the ceremony was about bringing back traditions and helping the new NCOs realize how significant the role of the noncommissioned officer is.” and of course how AR 670-1 does not apply to the esteemed CSM. Her appearance and disregard for good military order and the simple following of an Army Regulation is a reflection on and of the entire CoC….. Their Leadership motto seems to be “Do as I say, not as I do.”

    • haw says:

      The sergeant major’s name was removed per our “Editorial Policy,” under “Contributors,” above. HAW Staff.

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