219th RED HORSE's newest NCOs and SNCOs recite common creed

The 219th Rapid Engineering, Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer, or RED HORSE Squadron, inducted six noncommissioned officers at the structures building on Malmstrom Air Force base Dec. 4, 2016. The 219th also promoted seven senior NCO’s during the same ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

The 219th Rapid Engineering, Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer, or RED HORSE Squadron, inducted six noncommissioned officers at the structures building on Malmstrom Air Force base Dec. 4, 2016. The 219th also promoted seven senior NCO’s during the same ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lindsey Soulsby)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The 219th Rapid Engineering, Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer, or RED HORSE Squadron, inducted six noncommissioned officers and seven senior NCO's here Dec. 4 at the RED HORSE structures building before the annual awards ceremony.

The newly promoted members stood in front of friends, family and Airmen for a ceremony recognizing their new ranks.

They recited the NCO creed, including the phrase, "I will strive to know my subordinates and use their skills to the maximum degree possible. I will always place their needs above my own and communicate with my supervisors and my people and never leave them uninformed."

"I'm excited about the leadership part," said Staff Sgt. David Krause, engineering assistant. "We have some new people coming into the shop and I'm anxious to start training them."

They also recited, "I am devoted to the concept of service rather than personal gain."

Master Sgt. David Christopher Ledger, vehicle maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, said he was most excited to make it better for other members by using his knowledge of coming up through the ranks.

"I align my beliefs with the core values by always trying to do right by the people in their career and who they are as a person," Ledger said.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the Airmen received NCO or SNCO induction certificates.
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