1st Med Bde NCO Induction Ceremony

Story and Photos by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) welcomed 28 new sergeants into the noncommissioned officer corps during an NCO induction ceremony at the Fort Hood Catering and Conference Center, Oct. 4.

The ceremony serves as a rite of passage for newly promoted sergeants and allows NCOs of a unit to build and develop a cohesive bond, support team development and serve as a legacy for future NCO Induction Ceremonies, according to the Association of the Army website.

The ceremony included traditional events such as “A Soldier’s Request”, the Lighting of the Candles ritual, and recital of the NCO Creed and also included the 13th SC(E) Command Sgt. Maj., Terry Fountain, as keynote speaker.

“We are leading our Soldiers in a war that is going on right now,” said Fountain. “We need our noncommissioned officer to lead,” he said. “We ask you to be smart and to be able to multi-task, because of the fight we are in today,” Fountain said to guests, Soldiers and new NCOs at the induction ceremony.

During his keynote address, Fountain expressed his gratitude for those who joined the military post Sept. 11, 2001.

“Many of you volunteered to serve in a time of war, that exemplifies all of the Army values,” Fountain said. “You have heard the NCO creed here today, always remember that these are not just words but a way of life,” he said.

During the reading of “A Soldier’s Request”, a Soldier charged his NCOs to teach and train him, symbolizing the NCO and Soldier relationship.

Do not break my spirit with your words, sergeant. For though I will do what you demand, your guidance, patience, and understanding will more quickly teach me to "Be, Know, and Do."

Afterward, three NCOs responded with the recital of the Creed of the NCO.

“No one is more professional than I...  I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!”

The ceremony marked the second induction ceremony this year.

The 1st Med. Bde.’s most senior enlisted member, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin B. Stuart, said induction ceremonies are important.

“This is a special day, a day in which we pay tribute and honor those NCOs,” Stuart said. “Soldiers lean on the noncommissioned officers to get the job done; they lean on the noncommissioned officers for teaching, mentoring, coaching and guidance, that’s what the noncommissioned officer is about,” he said.

During the ceremony the new NCOs were told that they’re new mission was to develop junior enlisted Soldiers and lead by example.

“We must lead by example; always take the hard right, instead of the easy wrong” Fountain said. “Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own.”

 “It’s not easy being a noncommissioned officer,” said Fountain.