Story by SGT Alexander Rector on 04/09/2019Fort Drum, NY Twelve Soldiers assigned to the 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion were formally welcomed into the ranks of the Non-commissioned Officer's Corp during a NCOinduction ceremony held here on Apr. 6.
The new sergeants, all of whom were promoted during the last twelve months, were each sponsored by an NCO in their respective company that vouched for their character and dedication to the Army values. After the ceremony these sponsors will act as mentors to the newly inducted NCOs and provide guidance as they exercise the new duties and responsibilities of their rank.
Presiding over the ceremony was Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Czarnecki, the senior enlisted soldier of the 152nd BEB. Senior enlisted personnel from each of the battalion's six companies took part as well.
"This is an important ceremony because it brings out all the newly promoted sergeants and recognizes them among their peers and the first sergeants of the battalion," Czarnecki said. "I hope that it motivates them to be young, aggressive, assertive leaders."
During the ceremony, newly promoted sergeants: Richard Amedure, Kyle Christie, Eva Hayes, Ryan Leggins, Ryan McCrum, Robert Morgan, Anthony Morino, Devonte Morris, Dakota Nelson, Emily Penders, Okief Reid, and Clayton Stock all stood and recited the creed of the noncommissioned officer.
Each Soldier in attendance, all NCOs themselves, stood and recited the creed alongside the new sergeants reaffirming their dedication to the NCO creed and the Army values.
Each inductee was then asked to stand while their sponsor read a short biography about the Soldier. Then each new sergeant was presented with a framed copy of the NCO creed and charged to exercise the responsibilities of an NCO with steadfast commitment and zeal.
Most NCOs have a copy of this creed hanging in their office or home, explained Czarnecki. As you go back to your units and perform your duties, this creed should motivate you to exceed the standard, be a leader, and live the army values, he told the new sergeants.
This was the first time the 152nd BEB-- a new unit created following a restructuring of the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion--held a battalion induction ceremony.
"This is an event that we haven't done in the battalion," Czarnecki said. "Going forward we plan to hold a ceremony every year to recognize our newly promoted NCOs."