By 1st Lt. John-Charles Brannon
2nd Engineer Battalion
The officers and noncommissioned officers of the 2nd Engineer Battalion gathered in the Post Theater to induct twenty-eight recently promoted corporals and sergeants into the Army’s Corps of Noncommissioned Officers Dec. 20. This ceremony marked their transition from Soldiers to leaders placed in higher positions of responsibility and trust. As the senior noncommissioned officer for the installation, WSMR Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers joined 2nd Engineer Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Devardy Arnold in welcoming these new leaders to the “backbone of the Army.”
One by one, they passed under the arch of sabers held by two sergeants first class and cross the red line of responsibility. The formality of the ceremony added weight and significance to the great step made by the inductees. While they were specialists and privates before, tasked with the responsibility of maintaining themselves and their equipment, they are now directly charged with the welfare of their Soldiers and the accomplishment of the mission. They must leave behind personal relationships that could undermine the discipline and good order of the unit, and step up to perform as leaders. After they all crossed the line, Soldiers in the crowd stood and gave them their expectations and desires for strong leadership and to be the best examples.
Each of the twenty-eight new sergeants and corporals worked hard to achieve what all Soldiers should strive towards. They come from all five companies, and from all specialties, from combat medic to mechanic to combat engineer, they now are leaders at the lowest level, where the work is often hardest. All have been promoted in the last several months for demonstrated potential for higher responsibility.
Sellers provided them with his thoughts on the meaning of being an NCO and congratulated them on joining the time-honored corps, before the new leaders returned to their formations to take up the mantle of responsibility placed upon them.