Story by SGT Inez Hammon on 09/23/2019FORT CARSON, Colo. On Sept. 6, 24 Soldiers assigned to Headquarters Support Company and Signal Intelligence and Sustainment Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Infantry Division Artillery were inducted into the noncommissioned officer corps during an induction ceremony held at McMahon Theater at Fort Carson, Colorado.
The induction ceremony formally welcomed newly promoted sergeants into the corps of noncommissioned officers, and helps build pride and esprit de corps within the corps, so that NCOs know they are part of something bigger than themselves.
"A Soldier's day should begin and end with effective leadership from a motivated and committed NCO," said Command Sgt. Maj. Kenyatta Mack, Fort Carson Garrison command sergeant major and guest speaker for the induction ceremony. "A leader has earned their place in today's Army. Today, our newest NCOs will affirm their commitment to the professionalism upon which the NCO Corps was founded, and take their rightful place in becoming a part of the backbone of the Army."
Ultimately, the induction ceremony and NCO Charge serve to illustrate the importance of the duties and responsibilities the Army expects noncommissioned officers to follow.
"It's a rite of passage to become a member of an elite corps, and there has never been a doubt that NCOs are the "backbone of the Army," said Command Sgt. Maj. Rietta Owens, HHBN senior enlisted leader. "Every newly promoted sergeant should participate in an induction ceremony, because it marks their journey to taking care of our most precious resource; America's sons and daughters."
The ceremony is a memorable moment in the career of any Soldier.
"I feel official now," said Sgt. Javion Gomez, a senior transmission operator maintainer assigned to SISCO, HHBN, 4th Inf. Div. "It definitely feels good crossing over."
During the ceremony, Mack shared wisdom and guidance with the inductees that they can use in the future to coach and mentor Soldiers.
"The Army profession is ever-changing," Mack said. "As an NCO, you have to embrace that change with flexibility and adaptability."
Mack emphasized to the new sergeants to not have a fear of failure.
They're a part of life, Mack said. "Do not look at failures as a weakness, but as an opportunity to learn and grow."