BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Fifty-two newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) crossed into the corps with a symbolic induction ceremony, which represented their right of entry into, what is known as, the time honored Corps of the noncommissioned officer.
The heritage and history of the corps is rich with symbolism and traces its roots as far back as the 17th century. The NCO Induction Ceremony gave the NCOs a better understanding of the significance of becoming a sergeant and what it takes to be a good leader.
"Being able to see soldiers officially transition to leaders, and learn more about the history of the NCO Corps was a very memorable experience," expressed newly promoted Sgt. Duy T. Bui, a soldier with Task Force Lifeliner and participant in the NCO Induction Ceremony. "It was humbling to be part of the tradition."
As the soldiers recited the Creed of the noncommissioned officer, senior leaders looked on as these young NCOs took the next step in becoming leaders in today's U.S. Army.
"This rite of passage instills a level of confidence into the inductees as they join the NCO Corps, stated Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher T. Crawford for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
"We want our NCOs to know how important they are to us...when it's their turn they will be the ones stepping in to continue to uphold the NCO traditions."
One young NCO explained how these types of ceremonies are important and represent a huge step forward in their careers.
"It instills pride in the future NCOs that they are joining an elite and vital part of the U.S. Army," explained Bui. "Current and senior NCOs are reminded where they came from and what it means to be an NCO. These ideas, dedication, and duties are why NCOs are the Backbone of the Army."