According to the story of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps, the backbone of the Army, Army NCOs, helped George Washington preserve the Continental Army at Valley Forge, Pa. stood with Winfield Scott at Chippewa, and directed Zachary Taylor’s guns at Palo Alto in the Mexican-American War. They carried the nation’s colors at Gettysburg, Pa. and Vicksburg, Miss. fought yellow fever in Cuba with Walter Reed, and led John Pershing’s and Dwight Eisenhower’s legions into Germany.

The 82nd Sustainment Brigade recently celebrated the introduction of 43 Soldiers joining this corps with a NCO day, dedicated to welcoming and celebrating these newly promoted NCOs.

Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Bell, 82nd Sus. Bde. senior-enlisted advisor and Tarboro, N.C., native, started the day leading 82nd Sus. Bde. NCOs in a NCO spirit de corps 3-mile run. “It’s a very important day,” said Bell. “Thank you for what you do. Let’s make sure today is a special day for the brigade.”

Senior-enlisted advisors from company, battalion and brigade levels met at the Logistics Support Area Dining Facility East after the run. “We are getting to know one another and to know we have help in the other units and we can reach out to them.”

The 82nd Sus. Bde. conducted the NCO induction ceremony at Dahl Physical Fitness Center.

“It represents what NCOs mean to the military,” said 1st Sgt. Jody Allen, senior-enlisted advisor for 178th Signal Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion, and Annapolis, Md., native. “It’s crossing them over from a Soldier to recognizing they are leaders.

“It always feels good to see Soldiers promoted and move into the NCO ranks and it also feels good to know you helped them get there,” said 1st Sgt. Rebecca Gerber, senior-enlisted advisor for the 659th Maintenance Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Orlando, Fla., native. “It’s almost like they are your children. You see them as Soldiers and then you bring them up as NCOs and you get to watch them transition.”