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344th MI BN soldiers inducted into NCO Corps

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lorie Jansen, Master Sgt. Brandon White, and Master Sgt. Jason Piercy, members of the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, light the candles at the Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, May 21, 2019. The candles symbolize the blood of soldiers who died for the country, the purity of the NCO, and the future of the NCO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood/Released)

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Lorie Jansen, Master Sgt. Brandon White, and Master Sgt. Jason Piercy, members of the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, light the candles at the Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, May 21, 2019. The candles symbolize the blood of soldiers who died for the country, the purity of the NCO, and the future of the NCO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood/Released)

Inductees with the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion recite the Noncommissioned Officer Creed as they prepare to join the NCO Corps, at the NCO Induction Ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 21, 2019. The NCO Creed is a time-honored Army tradition that started in 1973. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood/Released)

Inductees with the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion recite the Noncommissioned Officer Creed as they prepare to join the NCO Corps, at the NCO Induction Ceremony at the base theater on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 21, 2019. The NCO Creed is a time-honored Army tradition that started in 1973. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The 344th Military Intelligence Battalion inducted 36 soldiers into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps, in an induction ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 21. 

The ceremony started with the history of the NCO Corps, with soldiers from different time periods in uniform. The soldiers explained the importance and the responsibilities of NCOs. The ceremony included a visit from NCOs of the past, present, and future, who lit red, white, and blue candles to symbolize the blood of soldiers who died for the country, the purity of the NCO, and the future of the NCO.

The inductees recited the NCO Creed together, then walked through the arch to signify the change from soldier to leader as they join the ranks of a professional NCO Corps.

Inductees:

Sgt. Michael Arganda

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Bigelow

Sgt. Felix Burgos Rosario

Staff Sgt. Joaquin Deleon Guerrero

Staff Sgt. Roderick Dixon

Sgt. Kolten Durham

Staff Sgt. Jason Finnegan

Staff Sgt. Damont Foxx

Staff Sgt. Dorico Grissom

Staff Sgt. Charles Hager Jr.

Sgt. Louis Hester III

Staff Sgt. Joshua Hines

Staff Sgt. Eric Hitzges

Staff Sgt. Asia Hopper

Staff Sgt. Yangil Im

Staff Sgt. Robert Jackson

Sgt. Ye Jiang

Staff Sgt. Yong Lee

Staff Sgt. Ryan Martinez

Sgt. Viviana Martinez Sacramento

Staff Sgt. Berreka Michaux

Staff Sgt. Freuris Montero

Staff Sgt. Demetrius Morrow

Sgt. Sung Woon Park

Staff Sgt. Andre Pitts

Staff Sgt. Hillary Roberts

Sgt. Christopher Sargent

Staff Sgt. Ryann Sartor

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Schiro

Staff Sgt. Camden Sircy

Staff Sgt. Bryce Smith

Staff Sgt. William Smithe

Staff Sgt. Jordan Sommerfield

Staff Sgt. Stephen Virgil

Staff Sgt. Deshontea Walker

Staff Sgt. Jason Wilkinson