by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Kline
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
9/24/2015 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The first NCO induction ceremony at Nellis AFB was held recently at the Thunderbird hangar here Sept. 18.
There were approximately 380 staff sergeant selects in attendance, not including Airmen assigned to Creech Air Force Base.
"When I first got to Nellis AFB I found out that we didn't do (NCO
induction ceremonies). We do Senior NCO induction ceremonies, but there
wasn't anything for the new staff sergeants selects," said Tech. Sgt.
Robert Yarnes, 328th Weapons Squadron NCO in charge of space operations.
"When I took over as the president of the Nellis 5/6, I decided that
creating an NCO induction ceremony would be one of my initiatives."
The day prior to the ceremony, the inductees participated in seminars
with various briefings to help guide them onto the path to becoming
"We developed a course with the career assistance advisors to highlight
topics and get Airmen talking and listening," said Yarnes. "Courses
ranged from professional relations to a followership group exercise to a
career progression brief."
An important part of the transition is for NCOs to learn how to
professionally handle the close ties they may have with the Airmen they
"The transition from the Airman to NCO tier is an important step in
their careers," said Tech. Sgt. Tyler Meyenburg, 99th Medical Group
NCOIC of nutritional medicine. "They need to know how to go about
managing those relationships and what changes are going to happen when
you put on that one extra stripe."
Meyenburg and Yarnes agreed, the transition from Airman to NCO is an important milestone in an Airman's career.
"There is the transition from being an NCO to being a Senior NCO, but at
that point you're going from being a leader of a few to being a leader
of many. So that change might be a little easier," said Yarnes. "You're
going from being a follower to all of a sudden being in charge of other
Airmen and ensuring that the mission gets done. That can be a hard
change for a lot of people to make."
Yarnes hopes that those participating in the NCO induction seminar and
the ceremony take away that they are becoming an NCO so they need to be
ready to take on increased responsibilities and need to know what people
will expect from them as NCOs.
"The rewarding part is helping these new NCOs learn the roles and
responsibilities of becoming an NCO," said Meyenburg. "As soon as you
get that stripe or go through Airman Leadership School, you're going to
be somebody's supervisor.