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Army South conducts first NCO induction ceremony

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Staff Sgt. Ruth Salinas, G1, Intelligence & Sustainment Company, U.S. Army South, signs her name into the Army South NCO Induction Book., July 31, here. Staff Sgt. Ruth Salinas, G1, Intelligence & Sustainment Company, U.S. Army South, signs her name into the Army South NCO Induction Book., July 31, here.

“No one is more professional than I.”

It is statement that all noncommissioned officers live by every day.  Becoming an NCO is a distinguished title that every enlisted Soldier strives to achieve. 

Twenty Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army South commemorated their rite of passage as they transitioned into the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers during a ceremony conducted at the Academic Support Building July 31 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

The ceremony which is rich in history and tradition, was the first ever coordinated and hosted by HHB.

The inductees walked through the threshold signifying their ‘Rite of Passage’, signed their names into the Army South Noncommissioned Officer’s Induction Book, and received a plaque engraved with their name and the day they were inducted into the NCO Corps.     

“This is a pivotal moment in my career that I’m always going to remember,” said Sgt. Michael Floore II, enlisted aid to the Battalion Command Team, Headquarters Support Company, U.S. Army South, one of the 20 NCOs inducted during the ceremony.  “Walking across that stage and officially being inducted into the Corps of the Noncommissioned Officers is something that I will never forget.”

For Floore and the other inductees, as NCOs they are now expected to lead, train and take care of Soldiers. The Army’s newest sergeants are now mentors and role models for the junior enlisted Soldiers to look up to.