Becoming a leader

by Capt. Jessica H. Meyer
2d ID

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- Somewhere there is a Soldier standing tall, at attention, ready for anything. Some Soldiers receive their stripes from a loved one, a friend others from a mentor that has guided them along their way. They celebrate this moment as their Army career has forever changed. These Soldiers are now ready to be called leaders.

Soldiers from the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division held an NCO corps induction ceremony April 1 at the post theatre on Camp Humphreys. The Soldiers celebrated the achievement of entering into the NCO Corps as a rite of passage bringing with it tradition, and honor that has been a custom in the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Eric Miree, a flight operations NCO with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment, was one of the non-commissioned officers who was inducted during the ceremony.

"Being inducted into the NCO Corps is a major milestone in my life. It's what every junior enlisted Soldier in our Army should strive for in my opinion," said Miree.

Miree said he looks forward to working and leading junior Soldiers. He wants to pass down his knowledge and military experiences to others.

"As a newly promoted Sergeant, I know that there is still a lot for me to learn in order for me to progress and be effective, but I have faith that my fellow NCOs, and I will rise to the occasion," said Miree.

Capt. Travis Mount, the Headquarter and Headquarters Company commander for the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment spoke about how proud he was of Miree.

"I'm not only very proud of Sgt. Miree and the other Wild Card and Talon Brigade inductees for earning their way into the NCO Corps, but I'm also proud to be part of a unit that marks these Soldiers' entry into the ranks of Army leaders in such a fitting way."

"This induction ceremony demonstrates that becoming a Corporal or Sergeant is not "just another promotion" -- it's in fact the first time they are recognized as a kind of "officer" (as in NCO) and a leader of men and women," said Mount.

The ceremony included the Soldiers walking through the NCO archway and underneath the NCO sabers. They also said the Creed of the Non-commissioned Officer among other events.

These leaders have made the transition and are ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities. They have been working hard and are dedicated to achieve the next level. It is only fitting that we bring in a strong army tradition to celebrate this achievement. Somewhere there is a Soldier standing tall, at attention, ready to become part of the proud NCO corps.

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Guam

Recommended Content