364th ESC holds NCO induction ceremony

364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command
Story by Capt. Christopher Larsen

Date: 02.23.2014
Posted: 03.04.2014 15:44
News ID: 121495

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - The 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, a U.S. Army Reserve unit headquartered here, held a noncommissioned officer induction ceremony Feb. 23.<br /> <br /> Fourteen new and current noncommissioned officers were inducted into the corps at the event, which was attended by more than 100 soldiers and family members.<br /> <br /> Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Brashears, the 364th ESC's senior enlisted adviser, served as host of the ceremony.<br /> <br /> "In the end, it comes down to: 'I've got to rely on the soldier next to me, and he has to rely on me,'" Brashears said. "You have to work together as a team."<br /> <br /> Col. Dwight Ortiz, the 364th ESC's deputy commanding officer, told the noncommissioned officers - all sergeants and staff sergeants - to rededicate themselves.<br /> <br /> "Rededicate yourselves today to leading soldiers," Ortiz said, "leading the mission and to showing others how it's done.<br /> <br /> "A true leader is, in fact, a formidable follower," Ortiz added.<br /> <br /> This was the first noncommissioned officer induction ceremony the 364th ESC has had in several years. Organizers said they plan to make them a regular occurrence.<br /> <br /> According to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, noncommissioned officers in the ranks predate the formal organization of the Continental Army in 1775; colonial militias featured noncommissioned officers as early as the 1600s.<br /> <br /> Ortiz gave the new inductees some final words of instruction.<br /> <br /> "Lead others," he said, "and move forward in a dynamic way."