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    Joint Service Induction

    Joint Service Induction Ceremony

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Jesse Untalan | Staff Sgt. Froilan Escarcega stands ready to pass the through sabers. Seven Senior...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Jesse Untalan 

    35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – We call them “The backbone of the Army,” they are Non-Commissioned officers. The units of the army come together to recognize those who advance in rank and grade to train, lead and mentor; welcoming them into the NCO Corps with a ceremony; rich with history and tradition. From there, NCOs develop their skillsets and hone their craft. When it comes to the Senior NCO ranks, the Army starts at Sgt. 1st Class / E-7 whereas the Air Force begins at Tech Sgt. / E-6. That’s a bit of a difference, and that's where seven of the 35th ADA Brigade's own SNCOs come in. It's business as usual for the 51st Fighter Wing; but for these seven Soldiers, they had the honor of being recognized as SNCOs during last week's induction ceremony. According to inductee Sgt. 1st Class James Coleman, “It’s amazing. I firmly believe that we need to do this for SNCOs in the Army. We could benefit from something like this - as a service.” The attendees were all decked out in their finest dress and service uniforms. The crowd roared with spirit, cheering as the inductees walked forward one by one; to the edge of a long red carpet leading up to the stage. A gauntlet of Airmen poised with sabers along the left and right of the carpet. Past the sabers, the inductees took the stage – to be presented with a large plaque and cheers. The level of camaraderie was both unmistakable - and inspiring.“I thought it would be an amazing chance to have cohesion with our Air Force brethren. It's a big event that shows that your military career has lasted a good amount of time. It's an achievement. The pageantry, the fanfare - you're part of a legacy,” says Staff Sgt. Michael Jones. Both services were recognized that evening – highlighting the continuing growth, accomplishments, and dedication. The inclusion of the Army showcases the solidarity of our forces. The uniforms, traditions, and particulars may be different, but the heart of the mission is the same. One team, one fight.

    Story and Photos by Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Untalan



    Date Taken: 08.02.2019
    Date Posted: 08.04.2019 23:24
    Story ID: 334513
    Location: OSAN AIR BASE, KR 

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