Indiana Army National Guard Sgt. Brandon Eavey, assigned to the 252nd Ordinance Company, reads over the Noncommissioned Officer Creed during an NCO induction ceremony at the 38th Sustainment Brigade Armory in Kokomo, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. Eavey, from Indianapolis, was among approximately 100 Soldiers in units throughout the brigade who participated in a ceremony welcoming them into the NCO corps. Photo by Staff Sgt. William E. Henry, 38th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Story by Staff Sgt. William E. Henry, 38th Infantry Division Public Affairs
KOKOMO, Ind. – Approximately 100 Indiana National Guard Soldiers assigned to units within the 38th Sustainment Brigade took part in a brigade-wide noncommissioned officer induction ceremony at the brigade's headquarters armory in Kokomo, Ind., July 26.
Each Soldier who was recognized passed through a threshold of authority and signed the NCO roster during the ceremony symbolizing their transition into a leadership role.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Gordon, the state’s senior enlisted Soldier and keynote speaker of the ceremony, welcomed the newly promoted sergeants to the ranks of the NCO corps, outlined their responsibilities and provided insight on their image as NCOs.
“There's a difference between being liked and being respected,” said Gordon. “Can you be liked as a leader and also be respected? I ask you to think about that. Only you can earn the respect of your NCOs and your Soldiers.”
Indiana Army National Guard Sgt. Chris Creek, assigned to the 252nd Component Repair Company, said he recently reenlisted after a 13-year break in service.
Before he left the active Army in 1996 he earned the rank of sergeant, but had never seen this type of ceremony in person.
“I have been out of the military for 13 years and I've never seen this done before, said Creek, from Plainfield, Ind. “It really sends home the message of how important it is to be a noncommissioned officer and to take care of your Soldiers and to accomplish the mission.”
“For me, it brings a lot of the esprit de corps back. It reminds me of when I initially took the oath to be a noncommissioned officer, and it shows me that time-honored traditions are still alive. It restores a lot of faith in the Army. It's a great feeling to know you're entrusted with Soldiers lives whether on the civilian side or in wartime.”