NCOs induct newest members of the Corps


LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq — Local Soldiers became full-fledged members of the noncommissioned officer corps Friday during an induction ceremony held at the Sustainer Theater here.

Thirty-seven 29th Signal Battalion Soldiers were welcomed into the NCO Corps by senior Signal Corps leaders during the battalion's first induction ceremony held in Iraq.

Command Sgt. Maj. Johnny Dorsey, the command sergeant major of the 3rd Signal Brigade, was the guest speaker. He reminded the new sergeants that they are now responsible for setting the example for other Soldiers to follow, as junior soldiers look to them for leadership and guidance.

"I am excited and privileged to join the NCO corps. It's a step up from being a lower enlisted [soldier] to taking care of Soldiers, and a bigger responsibility as far as being a leader," said Sgt. Summer Foster, one of the inductees.

The new sergeants passed under a sword arch, symbolically crossing the threshold and joining the NCO corps. After all had passed the arch, all NCOs present recited the NCO Creed, reminding all present that 'No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers.'

"Promotion is not a reward, it's a recognition of your potential for increased responsibility," said Sgt. 1st Class Tommy Carson, the battalion reenlistment NCO. These new leaders are responsible for the lives of America's sons and daughters, he added.

The battalion held the induction ceremony as a way to impart on new sergeants the responsibility of their new rank.