HOHENFELS, Germany – Soldiers from the 709th Military Police Battalion and the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hohenfels, crossed the threshold from Soldiers to Noncommissioned Officers during an NCO Induction Ceremony Nov. 20 at the Hohenfels Theater.
Twenty-eight Soldiers from the U.S. Army accepted their new duties and responsibilities with honor as each one walked through the NCO arch to officially become a member of the NCO Corps.
Noncommissioned officers are widely viewed as the backbone of the Army, and are charged with exemplifying professionalism, taking care of Soldiers, and supporting unit officers to accomplish the mission.
Command Sgt. Maj. D. Marc. W. Stevenson, of U.S. Army 1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment OP4 and guest speaker at the NCO induction, highlighted the significance of becoming an NCO and moving from follower to leader.
“They (NCOs) pledge to bear the standards, uphold core values and commit to being professionals who maintain a keen focus on the accomplishments of the mission and the welfare of their Soldiers, no matter the circumstances.”
The entire ceremony, from the NCO Charge to the recitation of the NCO Creed, emphasized the importance of this critical step in the Soldiers’ careers.
As Baron Von Steuben stated in the Regulation for the order and Discipline of the Troops for the United States in 1778:
The choice of Noncommissioned Officers is an object of greatest importance. The order and discipline of a regiment depends so much upon their behavior that too much care cannot be taken in preferring none to that trust but those who by their merit and good conduct are entitled to it honesty, sobriety, and a remarkable attention to every point of duty, with a neatness in their dress, are indispensable requisites. A spirit to command respect and obedience from the men, to teach it, are also absolutely necessary. Nor can a Sergeant or Corporal be said to be qualified who does not write and read in a tolerable manner.
U.S. Army newest inductees during the NCO Induction Ceremony are:
HHD: Sgt. Shannon Jackson, Sgt. Marques Lemane, Sgt. Sean Outar-Douglas.
64 MP CO: Sgt. Camree Stuckey-Torres, Sgt. Anhkhuong Tran, Cpl. Joan Collins, Cpl. Tannen Todd, Cpl. Justin Collier, CPL Michael Carter.
527 MP CO: Sgt. Seth Boafo, Sgt. Emilio Estradamurillo, Sgt. Stephen Ford, Sgt. Lemuel Gayle, Sgt. Claudio Laspes, Sgt. Andrew Schaffert, Sgt. Korrick Tadlock, Cpl. Breionne Turner.
551 MP CO: Sgt. Ty Clark, Sgt. Michael Johnson.
615 MP CO: Sgt. Ezra Cavanaugh, Sgt. Nelson Felix, Sgt. Jasmine White, Sgt. Dylan Woodworth.
USA Army Health Clinic Hohenfels: Sgt. Coday Conway, Sgt. Justin Farrell, Sgt. Fotty Manneh, Sgt. Natalie Riggs.