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Crossing the Line

Minnesota National Guard In the ranks of the Army, no one is more professional than the non-commissioned officer NCOs are charged with upholding the traditions and standards of the Army

At Camp Ripley, Minn, the 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion held an induction ceremony on Aug 9, to welcome 35 Soldiers into the NCO Corps

"Today, our newest non-commissioned officers will affirm their commitment to the professionalism of our Corps, and become a part of the backbone of the Army," declared 1st Sgt Justin Meyer, of Charlie Company, 1/34th BSTB

The figurative 'crossing the line' from Soldier to NCO is a time-honored tradition which can be traced back to the Army of Fredrick the Great Historically, a Soldier was to stand four watches before he could cross the line and join the Corps of the NCO

"Today we commemorate this rite of passage as a celebration of the newly promoted who are joining the ranks of professionals in the non-commissioned officer corps We emphasize and build on the pride we all share as members of such an elite corps," said Staff Sgt John Indrehus, emcee for the event

Official party members for the event consisted of Command Sgt Maj John Lepowski, of the 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team and Command Sgt Maj Joseph Hjelmstad of the 1/34th BSTB Each individual company of the battalion also had representation 1st Sgt William Potts of Headquarters, Headquarters Company 1/34th ABCT; and from the 1/34th BSTB, 1st Sgt Rick Lindner of HHC; 1st Sgt David Denton of Alpha Company, 1st Sgt Richart Eggert of Bravo Company; and 1st Sgt Justin Meyer of Charlie Company

Each of these first sergeants presented Soldiers from their respective companies to Command Sgt Maj Hjelmstad so that they could, with the support of a sponsoring NCO in attendance, cross the figurative line and become a true non-commissioned officer

Ready to assume the duties and responsibilities of the non-commissioned officer; ready to always lead by example and lead from the front; the inductees all raised their right hands to swear to the charge of the NCO

"In so doing, I will fulfill my greatest obligation as a leader and thereby confirm my status as a Noncommissioned Officer"

September 5, 2013
by Spc Linsey Williams
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs



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