‘Warfighters’ strengthen Army’s backbone

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii- Noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductee, Sgt. Renee Stammen, 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands proudly under two crossed swords during a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th MP Bn. and 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductee, Sgt. Renee Stammen, 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands proudly under two crossed swords during a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th MP Bn. and 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii-U.S. Army Soldier of the Year and noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductee, Sgt. Robert Miller (left), 74th Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd OD Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands before a Soldier during "The Soldier's Request," as part of a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th MP Bn. and 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — U.S. Army Soldier of the Year and noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductee, Sgt. Robert Miller (left), 74th Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd OD Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands before a Soldier during “The Soldier’s Request,” as part of a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th MP Bn. and 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It is the first milestone in the career of an enlisted Soldier. It is steeped in tradition and the only ceremony that honors the noncommissioned officer (NCO): the NCO Induction Ceremony.

Soldiers from the 728th Military Police Battalion, “Warfighters,” and 303rd Ordnance Disposal Bn. (EOD), “Forged in Fire,” 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, accomplished that first milestone and participated in an NCO Induction Ceremony, here, March 3, at Sgt. Smith Theater.

The lights were dimmed and only the stage was illuminated as 30 inductees sat in their seats at the position of attention, waiting patiently for the honor to be called to stand beneath the wooden archway that read, “NCOs Lead the Way,” and to officially sign their name upon the Charge of the NCO.

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — U.S. Army Soldier of the Year and noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductee, Sgt. Robert Miller, 74th Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd OD Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands under the NCO arch waiting to sign his name upon the "Charge of the NCO," during a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th MP Bn. and 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — U.S. Army Soldier of the Year and noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductee, Sgt. Robert Miller, 74th Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 303rd OD Battalion (EOD), 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stands under the NCO arch waiting to sign his name upon the “Charge of the NCO,” during a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th MP Bn. and 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

Warfighters Command Sgt. Maj. Shelly Marlowe, host of the ceremony, has participated in many NCO induction ceremonies throughout the course of her career, and she said she wanted the inductees to feel a sense of pride and to appreciate the history involved with the ceremony.

“I want them to understand how important it is to be inducted into the Corps of the Noncommissioned Officers,” said Marlowe, “to show them what right looks like and to teach them about our traditions because this is a tradition that can be easily lost.”

 

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — U.S. Army Soldiers dressed in time-period uniforms representing battles from past to present, stand upon a stage during a Noncommissioned officer Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th Military Police Battalion and 303rd Ordnance Disposal Bn. (EOD), 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — U.S. Army Soldiers dressed in time-period uniforms representing battles from past to present, stand upon a stage during a Noncommissioned officer Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th Military Police Battalion and 303rd Ordnance Disposal Bn. (EOD), 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

Participating in an NCO induction ceremony allows for a junior NCO to symbolically cross the line of passage from Soldier into the NCO Corps. However, there are some NCOs who have never experienced such a time-honored tradition.

“I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have never been to an NCO induction ceremony,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Smith, operations NCO and guest speaker of the event, with 2nd Bn., 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division. “I am truly honored to be a part of yours.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductees recite the "Charge of the NCO" during a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th Military Police Battalion and 303rd Ordnance Disposal Bn. (EOD), 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Noncommissioned officer (NCO) inductees recite the “Charge of the NCO” during a NCO Induction Ceremony hosted by 728th Military Police Battalion and 303rd Ordnance Disposal Bn. (EOD), 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, March 3, at Sergeant Smith Theater, here. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill)

Smith imparted his advice based on his own experiences as an NCO, encouraging the inductees to emulate the “Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer,” to be a leader their Soldiers can look up to, and to realize it is the NCO who works for the Soldier and not the Soldier who works for the NCO.

“You work for your Soldiers, not the other way around,” said Smith. “Share in the hardships and lead them from the front.”

He stressed, “A sergeant is a servant. We are servants.”

Smith’s words of wisdom resonated deeply with U.S. Army Soldier of the Year and inductee, Sgt. Robert Miller, 74th OD Company (EOD), 303rd OD Bn. (EOD), who said he absolutely agreed with Smith and his belief that NCOs are servants.

“If every day you are not coming to work and doing something for someone else, you need to do some self-reflecting. This is not a ‘me’ Army; it’s a ‘we’ Army,” said Miller.

Smith also stressed the importance of maintaining one’s integrity and said to always guard against losing it.

“No one can take your integrity away; you have to give that away. And once you do, you will never get it back. You’ll never be trusted by those seniors, peers and subordinates and you may never again gain their confidence,” said Smith.

After each of the 30 inductees marched onto the stage and signed their name to The Charge of the NCO, the ceremony concluded with “A Soldier’s Request.”

With the mantle of leadership fully upon their shoulders, one newly inducted NCO stood before his Soldier as the Soldier asked, “Sergeant, train me that I too can earn the title sergeant.”

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