Sgt. 1st Class Eric Helmer, battalion motor sergeant, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, has been leading troops since 1997, when he became an NCO. "Being a non-commissioned officer is about leading, training and mentoring Soldiers," said Helmer, a Pineville, Mo., native. "Your job as an NCO is to enforce the standards. Train your Soldiers hard at every opportunity. Do not be afraid to fail; there will be times when you will not succeed. Learn from the failure and move on. Inspect do not expect. Be motivated and motivate your Soldiers."