500th MI Bde. inducts NCOs into the Corps

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

 

500th Military Intelligence Brigade inducted 20 of its newly promoted noncommissioned officersinto the NCO Corps in a ceremony at the Sgt. Smith Theater May 19. The ceremony symbolizedtheir transition from being a junior enlisted soldier and into the ranks of the NCO Corps. (Photoby Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs).

500th Military Intelligence Brigade inducted 20 of its newly promoted noncommissioned officersinto the NCO Corps in a ceremony at the Sgt. Smith Theater May 19. The ceremony symbolizedtheir transition from being a junior enlisted soldier and into the ranks of the NCO Corps. (Photoby Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs).

Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade inducted 20 of its newly promoted noncommissioned officers into the NCO Corps in a ceremony at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here, May 19.

The NCO induction is a long-standing tradition in the Army. The junior Soldiers walked through the NCO archway to symbolize their transition to NCOs and reaffirmed their commitment to being a leader.

The ceremony began with junior enlisted Soldiers reciting a “Soldier’s Request” with words that echoed throughout the theater as the NCO inductees watched and listened,, followed by Command Sgt. Maj. Lisa C. Piette-Edwards, US Army Garrison-Hawaii, giving words of empowerment and wisdom to the newly promoted NCOs and future NCOs that were in attendance as well.

“The NCO induction ceremony is a huge significance for the newly promoted NCOs,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tammy M. Everette, senior enlisted advisor for the 500th MI Bde. “It’s something that is tangible that we do to distinguish Soldiers into NCOs. It very empowering when we have the Soldiers recite the ‘Soldiers Request’ so that the newly promoted NCOs understand what’s expected of them as a leader.”

The new NCOs signed and received their Charge of Responsibility certificates, which were also signed by the command sergeant majors of their respective battalions.

“To be a part of a unit that upholds the history and tradition for the NCO Corps is very important and meaningful,” said Staff Sgt. Patrick S. Nguyen, career counselor for 715th MI Battalion. “Every once in a while as a NCO, you need a refresher, so it’s good for other NCOs to come to support newly promoted NCOs to help remind us what it means to be a NCO.”

During the ceremony, three candles (one red, one white, one blue) were lit behind letters N, C and O by newly inducted NCOs, Staff Sgt. James A. Smith, (715th MI Bn), Sgt. Alyssa A. Kucera (205th MI Bn.) and Sgt. Josephine E. Ramos (Headquarters and Headquarters Detatchment, 500th MI Bde.), after which each of them recited a part of the NCO creed.

The red candle represented valor, the white candle represented honor and integrity, and the blue candle represented vigilance.

“I remember when I was inducted into the NCO Corps many years ago,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David P. Roman, 715th MI Bn. “It helps them understand the transition and how they have more at stake and bare of responsibility.”

Spc. Matthew P. Covington, signals intelligence analyst from HHD, 500th MI Bde., said, “I look forward to being able to go through this same ceremony once I become an NCO.”

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