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Sgt. Donna Grady from the 54th Mortuary Affairs Company passes through the Arch of Responsibility during the 530th Sustainment Support Battalion Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony here Friday. A total of 19 newly promoted Soldiers passed under the raised swords signifying their acceptance of the duties and expectations of the NCO Corps. On the other side of the stage, they were congratulated by Command Sgt. Maj. Edward A. Bell, 82nd Sustainment Brigade CSM, and Sgt. Maj. James Jenkins III, 530th CSSB CSM. (Photo by Patrick Buffett)

FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 18, 2012) -- Nineteen Soldiers recited the “NCO Creed” during the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony Friday at the Petroleum and Water Department Auditorium.

The newly promoted troops who participated in the ceremony include Sergeants Travis Cooper, Kevin Hill, Michael Tucker, Christopher Wilson, Raymond August, Dante Battle, Amber Chase, Donna Grady, Cory Jacks, Jeremy Hicks, James Jenkins III, Reynaldo Albizu, Moises Almodovar, Timothy Cramer, Luis Cruz, Zachary Hanline, Anna Harnack, Amanda Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wilbur. 

During the cermony, , 1st Sgt. Jason Johnson, 1st Sgt. Lusia McKenney and Sgt. 1st Class William Slade, all unit leaders within the 530th CSSB, take turns lighting ceremonial candles – each one signifying an element of the NCO Corps that gives it strength, purity and valor.

Command Sgt. Maj. Edward A. Bell, 82nd Sustainment Brigade CSM, Fort Bragg, N.C., delivered the remarks at the ceremony. Bell said the role of the NCO has been described in many ways and with many catch phrases, but it all boils down to being there for the Soldier day in and day out, in war and peacetime.