2017-09-01 / Front Page

NCO INDUCTION

Joint ceremony welcomes service members into the noncommissioned officers corps
BY WILSON A. RIVERA
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Guitroz, assigned to the Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, is recognized on stage during a joint NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. 
PHOTO BY WILSON RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Guitroz, assigned to the Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, is recognized on stage during a joint NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. PHOTO BY WILSON RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE More than 43 service members were inducted into the corps of noncommissioned officers during a joint NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 25 at Alexander Hall.

The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon hosted an induction ceremony that included all service branches.

Three letters that spell out the acronym N-C-O represent the noncommissioned officers’ corps as a whole; its collective strength, proud colorful history, and longstanding traditions of professional excellence. These characteristics have earned the noncommissioned officers’ the nickname as “The backbone of the Army.”

During a candle lighting ceremony, each letter represents the burning desire to lead from the front; a desire found in every effective NCO.


Sgt. Nikita Q. Revilloza, assigned to the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, explains the steps taken during an airborne operational jump. A bright red armband is worn to identify an active jumpmaster team member and also wears a fixed-blade knife on their lower leg in case a jumper somehow becomes entangled during the exiting process from an aircraft. 
PHOTOS BY WILSON RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE Sgt. Nikita Q. Revilloza, assigned to the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, explains the steps taken during an airborne operational jump. A bright red armband is worn to identify an active jumpmaster team member and also wears a fixed-blade knife on their lower leg in case a jumper somehow becomes entangled during the exiting process from an aircraft. PHOTOS BY WILSON RIVERA / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE A Marine lit a red candle to represent their blood shed in defense of the nation. A Sailor lit a white candle to represent their dedication to honesty and integrity in both word and deed. A Soldier lit a blue candle to represent their participation is the many wars fought across the waters of the world.

The ceremony included several presentations to include the meaning of the POW/MIA table, the boots worn by a NCO, a Jumpmaster’s role, and drill sergeant who train new recruits every aspect of Basic Combat Training, transforming America’s sons and daughters into the best trained Soldiers in the world.


First Sgt. Anthony T. Hill, with 369th Signal Battalion, 15th Signal Brigade, recites Sergeant Audie Murphy’s biography during a NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. First Sgt. Anthony T. Hill, with 369th Signal Battalion, 15th Signal Brigade, recites Sergeant Audie Murphy’s biography during a NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. “NCOs, I need your word to motivate, inspire, encourage, to make soldiers who can’t move pebbles to move mountains,” said Command Sgt. Major Ulysses D. Rayford, Installation Management Command Directorate- Europe, while addressing inductees.

Rayford made a point that their words matter and count when speaking to junior Soldiers. When often simply making an argument or a correction, Rayford stated that NCOs should stop and think about what they say before saying it.

“Your junior Soldiers are gauging you, watching you, and determine how you treat them and how you treat your family. The Chief of Staff of the Army tells us to love our Soldiers. Love your Soldiers as you love your family,” said Rayford. “ Our Army, our profession, our Army Values, our NCO Corps, our nation, is built on trust. Our Soldiers must trust us.”


Sgt. 1st Class Mark L. Peacock is inducted to the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and presented the Sergeant Audie Murphy Medallion during a ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. Sgt. 1st Class Mark L. Peacock is inducted to the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and presented the Sergeant Audie Murphy Medallion during a ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. “I’m asking you NCOs to be the leader that you envision,” he said.

Noncommissioned Officer Corps inductees:

15th Signal Brigade
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Boone
Staff Sgt. Loretta Turner
Sgt. 1st Class Tamela Sherard
Sgt. Karonja Barbee
Cpl. Kinsey Babcock
Sgt. Coker

Sgt. Robert England
Sgt. Da’Von Montgomery
35th Signal Brigade (Theater
Tactical)
Sgt. Jeremy Ashley
Sgt. Timothy Smith
Office of the Staff Judge
Advocate
Sgt. Danitra Harvey
Sgt. Laquisha Johnson
Sgt. Michael Rivera
Cyber NCO Academy
Staff Sgt. Sonja Husz
Sgt. Brad Barrett
Sgt. Carol Courtright
Sgt. John Gore
Sgt. Christopher Kirby
Sgt. Catherine Metzger
Sgt. Isiah Smith
Sgt. Catherine Hidalgo
Sgt. Azee James
Sgt. Earnest Johnson
Sgt. Brittney Brown
Sgt. Kevin Hemenway
Sgt. Irving Huerta
Sgt. Eniel Lahens
Sgt. Keyon Martin
Sgt. Adalberto Montero
Sgt. Evelyn Sirmans
Sgt. Manuel Trevino
Sgt. Eric Jaet

Staff Sgt. Joshua P. Kropp, assigned to the Cyber Non-commissioned Officer Academy, and identified as a Jumpmaster demonstrates a jumpmaster personnel inspection done for each jumper’s equipment prior to each airborne operation. Staff Sgt. Joshua P. Kropp, assigned to the Cyber Non-commissioned Officer Academy, and identified as a Jumpmaster demonstrates a jumpmaster personnel inspection done for each jumper’s equipment prior to each airborne operation. Sgt. JohnWashington

Command Sgt. Major Ulysses D. Rayford, Installation Management Command Directorate- Europe, addresses inductees during an NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. Command Sgt. Major Ulysses D. Rayford, Installation Management Command Directorate- Europe, addresses inductees during an NCO induction ceremony held Aug. 24 in Alexander Hall. Sgt. Kristopher Carroll

Sgt. Jonathan Ely

Garrison Command

Sgt. Kayana Johnson

35th Military Police Detachment

Sgt. Skirelle Hudson

Sgt. Nickolas Ham

Processing Exploitation Dissemination Battalion

Sgt. Zachary Callis

Navy Information Operations Command – Georgia

Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandra Abbott

Petty Officer 3rd Class Veronica Englett

Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Guitroz

Petty Officer 3rd Class Noah Young

Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inductees:

Sgt. 1st Class Mark L. Peacock
Staff Sgt. Danavon N. Morris
Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Johnson

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