Medical battalion inducts new noncommissioned officers
June 15, 2011
WIESBADEN, Germany -- More than 20 of the Army’s newest noncommissioned officers were officially inducted into an elite corps during the 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion’s NCO Induction Ceremony June 13, at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield Community Activity Center.
The ceremony not only served as an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the promotion of these Soldiers, but also paid tribute to the men and women of the NCO corps who have served with pride and distinction for more than 200 years.
The induction included numerous traditions including the lighting of three candles symbolic of valor and hardness, purity and innocence, and perseverance and justice. All characteristics that these new NCOs will put to use as they carry out their missions, according to the guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Alexis A. King, the 30th Medical Command command sergeant major.
“Becoming a noncommissioned officer is more than a promotion. It is more than saying that I have more money in my pocket. Becoming a noncommissioned officer is actually an honor,” King said. “Not only are you stepping up into this corps, you are getting an opportunity to get to do something very important " to lead America’s sons and daughters.”
King also stressed the importance of becoming a part of an organization known as the backbone of the Army.
“This is the first time in your military career that it is not about you. It is about you taking care of your Soldiers and their Families,” he said.
After crossing under two swords, which symbolized them entering the corps, they were welcomed by King and the 421st MMB command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. David Hunt, who presented each with a copy of the NCO Creed and the Army NCO Guide.
They then recited the NCO Charge, lead by Hunt, before being congratulated by the numerous leaders who attended the ceremony.
“Take care of your Soldiers, because that’s where it starts,” King said. “If you treat them with dignity and respect, we will go a long way.”
Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham, 30th MEDCOM Public Affairs NCOIC. For more information please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.