• Sgt. Maj. Kendra D. Wallace, sergeant major of the 15th Special Troops Battalion speaks to her newly inducted noncommissioned officers at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14.

    Sergeant major speaks to inductees

    Sgt. Maj. Kendra D. Wallace, sergeant major of the 15th Special Troops Battalion speaks to her newly inducted noncommissioned officers at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14.

  • Members of the 15th Special Troops Battalion prepare for their NCO Induction Ceremony at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14. The ceremony is historical to signify the transition from a junior Soldier to becoming a noncommissioned officer.

    Inductees standing by

    Members of the 15th Special Troops Battalion prepare for their NCO Induction Ceremony at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14. The ceremony is historical to signify the transition from a junior Soldier to becoming a noncommissioned...

  • Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, a public affairs sergeant with the 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, and the 15th Sustainment Brigades noncommissioned officer of the year for 2011, walks under the saber archway during the 15th Special Troops Battalions NCO Induction Ceremony at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14. The saber archway signifies the NCO "crossing the line" from Soldier to leader.

    Crossing the line

    Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, a public affairs sergeant with the 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, and the 15th Sustainment Brigades noncommissioned officer of the year for 2011, walks under the saber archway during the 15th Special Troops Battalions...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel J. Bartee Sr., command sergeant major of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, gives advice to the newly promoted and inducted noncommissioned officers of the 15th Special Troops Battalion at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14. Bartee was the guest speaker for the battalions first NCO Induction Ceremony here at Fort Bliss since the unit moved from Fort Hood, Texas.

    BDE sergeant major imparts wisdom

    Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel J. Bartee Sr., command sergeant major of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, gives advice to the newly promoted and inducted noncommissioned officers of the 15th Special Troops Battalion at the Centennial Banquet and Conference...

"No one is more professional than I," is how the creed of the noncommissioned officer begins. Those who hold the distinction of being an NCO are tasked with the health, welfare, training and morale of Soldiers under their care.
Twenty-five newly promoted NCOs from 15th Special Troops Battalion were inducted into the noncommissioned officer corps at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Dec. 14.
"The NCO induction is a historical ceremony that signifies Soldiers joining the ranks of the NCO corps," said Sgt. 1st Class Andy Hardy, assistant operations noncommissioned officer for 15th STB.
"This means that I am now a leader and a mentor to junior Soldiers around me," said inductee Sgt. Steven Doherty, a heavy wheel vehicle operator from 377th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. "I am the example for them to look up to."
The ceremony began with the "Soldiers Request," a prayer from junior Soldiers asking the newly promoted NCOs to teach, train and mentor them so that one day, they too, may become an NCO.
Inductees were then given words of wisdom from Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel J. Bartee Sr., command sergeant major of the 15th Sustainment Brigade.
"For the NCOs being inducted, today symbolizes the heritage and tradition of the NCO corps," said Bartee. "Your job now is to teach, train, coach and mentor the Soldiers around you. As you take the NCO charge, you are now the premier trainers of our Army. America's sons and daughters are in your hands."
After remarks from Bartee, inductees signed their name into a book of all newly inducted NCOs and crossed under an archway of sabers, signifying the move from Soldier to NCO.
"This is more significant that just being promoted," said Sgt. Maj. Kendra D. Wallace, sergeant major of 15th STB. "The idea is that they have now crossed the line from junior Soldier to leader. We are a nation still at war. Our NCOs need to be held accountable … to be effective, proficient leaders."
The ceremony had an impact on not only the inductees, but those recommending them for induction as well.
"Being part of this takes you back to having pride in being an NCO," said 1st Sgt. Carolanne Wright, first sergeant of 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. "You remember and understand where you came from."

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