Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan holds NCO induction ceremony
October 23, 2011
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Oct. 22, 2011) -- Joint Sustainment Command --Afghanistan held a non-commissioned officer induction ceremony, here, Oct. 20, 2011.
The ceremony attended by the command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz, was to formally welcome newly promoted sergeants and staff sergeants to the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps.
After being announced individually, Schultz spoke with the newest members of the NCO Corps. He reminded them that their two top responsibilities are, "mission accomplishment and taking care of Soldiers."
Continuing, Schultz said the ceremony marked the Soldiers, "Metamorphosis from follower to leader."
Schultz also told the Soldiers being an NCO is about ownership. "Ownership is all about owning that platoon, company, squad and detachment or that section that you're in right now. And every Soldier in that section or squad, you own them and you own their families. From the time you take that position till the time you leave the door."
Schultz reminded them that being an NCO is also about making things happen.
"Action, making it happen," said Schultz. "Giving that tough love to some of our Soldiers, because our two main responsibilities are accomplishment of the mission which may mean you have to take that hill sometimes. It may mean you have to go out on that convoy."
He closed by saying that it's up to NCOs to train and develop Soldiers, "It's up to you to talk them through it, walk them through it and show them through it."
Following Schultz's speech Command Sgt. Maj. Travis William, JCS-A command sergeant major, lead the new sergeants through the Creed of the Non-commissioned Officer. Then each Soldier was presented with a plaque marking their induction.