• 15th MP Brigade inducts newest NCOs

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Twenty-three soldiers were inducted into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps in a ceremony Nov. 2 at the Post Theater.
    The inductees from the 705th and 40th Military Police Battalions (Detention) were led by Staff Sgt. Scott Russell, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 705th, in the oath of the NCO before signing the charge of the NCO. The new NCOs were then officially inducted and welcomed by 705th Command Sgt. Maj. Justin Shad, Mission Command Center of Excellence Sgt. Maj. Christopher Prosser, and 40th Command Sgt. Maj. Veronica Knapp.
    “Today, we are witnessing NCOs take part in a time-honored tradition that solidifies their official passage into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps,” Shad said. “This is a milestone in every NCO’s career.”
    During the ceremony, soldiers represented NCOs over the 200-year history of the NCO Corps in a presentation entitled, “I Am the Sergeant.”
    The role of an NCO was first defined with the formation of the Continental Army in 1775 and from there the role continued to grow. The tradition of a soldier becoming an NCO started with the “Four Watches,” which ended in the joining of the NCO Corps during the final watch, explained ceremony narrator, Sgt. Joshua Kegler, HHC, 705th.
    Prosser, who served as the guest speaker, began his speech by referencing the first NCOs in 1775, which is also when the sergeant chevrons were first introduced.
    “If you ask somebody who is not familiar with the current Army structure, they know sergeants, they know privates, they know colonels and they know generals,” Prosser said. “But sergeants were known by everyone you talk to, to be the grassroots leader, born out of the private ranks to lead our next generation of soldiers.
    “They carry the weight of the soldiers within the unit through readiness activities, training and most importantly, their care,” he said.
    Prosser said in order to make the transition successful, the mindset has to change.
    “You were used to talking about what you did last weekend, what happened here, what happened there,” he said. “(The mindset) has to change to things like warfighting. It has to change to things like, ‘How do I become the best and most efficient (NCO) in my unit? How can I make my unit more ready?’ Doing this and talking through all of these issues is nothing more than just continuing on a tradition of (NCO) leadership.”
    Prosser said a junior NCO recently asked him why he was still in the Army, forcing him to think about pivotal moments in his career. The one that stuck out was his first reenlistment and his promotion to sergeant.
    “I had the chance to emulate my very first (NCO),” Prosser said. “He was competent. He was fit. He was a role model. He was a leader. He didn’t coddle me. He held me accountable, but he also allowed me to make mistakes. He was present. He was a value added because he was of value.”
    Page 2 of 2 - To conclude his speech, Prosser had advice for the new NCOs.
    “Don’t be afraid to make those honest mistakes. Lead your soldiers by your personal and professional example,” Prosser said. “Don’t ever sacrifice your values or your personal convictions. Take care of your families, take care of your soldiers because that’s who you serve every single day.
    “The greatest reward for good leadership is not an award or more pay,” he said, “but rather it is being able to look in the eyes of your soldier and know that you’ve done everything in your power to make them better.”
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