New NCOs welcomed.
"From this day forward, you will be changed forever. "That was the message communicated to more than 60 newly inducted U.S. and German sergeants during a 102d Signal Battalion sponsored community induction ceremony in the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. CSM Michael Bartelle, Allied Command Operations command sergeant major, affirmed the noncommissioned officers as teammates, mentors, coaches and leaders in a keynote address accentuating the contributions of the NCO, and giving the inductees an insightful glimpse into their futures as members of the elite NCO corps. As the ceremony reminded the Soldiers of their credo, what's requested of them by their juniors and their charge of leadership they were additionally advised by leaders to maintain a consciousness of focus and appropriate leadership positioning.
German Soldiers were also inducted, symbolic of the global military environment. "We fight in a joint environment; this ceremony represents how we fight," said CSM Robert A. Daniel, Jr. The inductees represented the 102nd Signal Battalion, Wiesbaden Dental Clinic, Wiesbaden Health Clinic, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, 212th Military Police Company and the 1st Armored Division Special Troops Battalion.
Ms. Smith works in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office.