Division headquarters inducts 13 members into NCO Corps
Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Chaplin, DHHB, left, shakes hands with new NCO Sgt. Larissa Young, right, at a July 31 induction ceremony at Barlow Theater. Photo by: J. Parker Roberts, 1ST INF. DIV.
Story by: Mr. J. Parker Roberts
1st Infantry Division Public Affairs
More than a dozen enlisted Soldiers with Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division were inducted into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps in a July 31 ceremony at Barlow Theater. Thirteen "Big Red One" Soldiers were recognized by friends and Family for their accomplishments and charged with being the best NCOs they could be.
Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Chaplin, DHHB's senior NCO, served as the guest speaker for the event.
"Congratulations on your induction to the corps," Chaplin told the newly minted NCOs, who will serve as leaders to other enlisted Soldiers. Chaplin said the NCO Corps has a "great history" and is the "backbone of the Army."
But, "without Soldiers, there is no need for leadership," Chaplin said, as he gave advice to the new NCOs. "You must lead from the front," he said, adding it builds confidence and respect for Soldiers to see the hard work of their leaders.
"Listen to them, and leaders will be surprised; be better, and the team will grow from the experience," he said.
Chaplin encouraged the 13 inductees to get to know their Soldiers on and off post, to tell them when they've done right and wrong and to "train them to take your place as someone trained you."
"This is now your charge," the command sergeant major said. "I challenge you to be that kind of NCO that will endeavor to do right in all situations."
Finally, Chaplin encouraged the enlisted Soldiers in the audience who were not yet NCOs to work hard to make it happen.
"Stop waiting for promotion points to drop," he said. "Go out and get them."
Inductee Sgt. Benjamin Maillet said he was pleased with the ceremony.
The process of becoming an NCO was a learning experience, he said, and the ceremony was a good way to make it official.