21st TSC conducts command-wide NCO induction ceremony
Soldiers recite the Soldier's Creed during the opening phase of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command-wide Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony was held for 27 Soldiers in the Galaxy Theater on the Vogelweh Military Complex, Kaiserslautern, Germany, July 27.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- A 21st Theater Sustainment Command Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony was held for 27 Soldiers throughout the command in the Galaxy Theater on the Vogelweh Military Complex, Kaiserslautern, Germany, July 27.

Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill, the command senior enlisted leader for International Security Assistance Force, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, was guest speaker for the event that included reciting the Soldier's Creed, candle lighting, oath of induction and Creed of the NCO, and a cake cutting.

"It is an event that allows the leadership and community to know that these noncommissioned officers have crossed the line between being one of the Soldiers to a leader," said Hill.

According to Sgt. Tiffany Johnson, a parachute and systems inspector/tester with the 5th Quartermaster Detachment, the ceremony was awesome, and it felt great to be recognized.

"I now get to put everything I have learned to good use," said Johnson, a native of Hillsborough, N.C. "I will uphold and maintain the standards . . . do exactly what the NCO Creed means in the way of taking care of Soldiers."

Sgt. Joseph Podunavac, driver for the deputy commanding general of the 21st TSC, said he was impressed with the ceremony, and it made him recognize that he has to take more responsibility and accountability for the things he does.

"Being a NCO has changed my whole outlook on the Army," said Podunavac, a Logan, W. Va., native. "Being a young Soldier, you don't see how things come together and are not part of the decision-making process. People look at me different and give me more responsibility. There is now more of a trust and respect value."

Hill said now is the time the new inductees need leadership mentoring, nurturing and encouragement.

"They're going to go out and make mistakes . . . tomorrow," said Hill. "We need to be there to pick them up and encourage them after they've made their mistakes. If they're not making their mistakes, chances are they're not doing anything. We want NCOs that do stuff."
NCOs inducted at the ceremony were:

16th Sustainment Brigade
• Deandre Clay
• Markanthony Gutierrez
• Angel Hernandez
• Christopher Moore
• Garett Russ
• Steven Smith

18th Engineer Brigade
• Brent Bowers
• Fatisha Clark
• Ronald Martin
• Bradford Smoot

18th Military Police Brigade
• Azizdin Azizdeen
• Jordan Kearney
• Bradley Mester
• Jeffrey Meyer
• Eric Villarreal

21st Special Troops Battalion
• Michael Helton
• Christopher Brown
• Joseph Podunavac
• Kathrine Genavia
• Eric Meneses
• Tiffany Johnson
• Aaron Leake
• Francisco Zavalza
• Stacy Cook
• Teresa Canales
• Angelina Ramirez
• Joshua Thompson

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