Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians gathered Friday to honor Warrior Leader Course Class 01-14 graduates at the Multipurpose Auditorium.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jose A. Castillo, 10th Sustainment Bri-
gade, was guest speaker at the event. Castillo began his remarks by congratulating the Soldiers for their hard work and dedication.
“You have just completed your first pillar of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, mainly focusing on team work and the basic fundamentals of leadership,” he said. “This is one of the most important elements of your development as an NCO.
“As a leader in today’s Army, this pillar gives NCOs a baseline to start and grow from,” he added.
WLC is an extremely demanding course – physically and mentally, Castillo said. For many of the Soldiers, WLC was the first time they took on a leadership role that required them to perform and execute requirements under stressful conditions.
“You quickly learned the value of teamwork,” Castillo said. “For many of you, this was your first time to train side by side with Soldiers from combat arms, combat support and combat service support. I hope this experience has taught you that it takes every single Soldier from every branch, regardless of (military occupational specialty) to accomplish our Army’s mission. Don’t ever forget that.”
Although WLC gives Soldiers the tools to be an effective leader in their units, being in charge is different from being a leader, Castillo noted.
“Leaders are professional Soldiers who know and exude the Army values,” he said. “They are role models for all to emulate and are adept at motivating, teaching, coaching and mentoring. There is neither a more honorable profession nor a tougher job than being an NCO – a leader of Soldiers.
“You must lead from the front, set the example and never, I stress, never ask those you lead to do anything that you have not already done or will not do yourself,” Castillo continued. “Follow this simple principle and your Soldiers will follow you anywhere and accomplish any mission.”
Being a leader requires NCOs to train and care for all of their Soldiers, according to Castillo.
“Caring for Soldiers means ensuring that they are trained and prepared to fight, win and most importantly, survive on the battlefield,” he said. “The execution of the mission will depend on your performance as an NCO.”
The U.S. Army is the most well-trained and well-equipped military in the world, but what makes it stand out from the rest is its NCO Corps, Castillo said.
“I have had the privilege to train and fight alongside armies from around the world, and the one thing that is always prevalent is their admiration for our Noncommissioned Officers Corps and how well we execute in the absence of orders,” he said.
“I challenge you to do the right things every single time and to be the standard bearer for your Soldiers, setting and enforcing the Army standard,” Castillo added. “Soldiers will look to you for that sterling example 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be that example.”
After concluding his remarks, Castillo helped to recognize the graduates.
Sgt. Anoj Shrestha, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, was named Distinguished Honor Graduate for his exemplary academic achievement.
Cpl. Zachary S. Vrobel, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, was nominated by his classmates for the Jared Monti Leadership Award.
Spc. Sonny F. Duprey, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, received the Com-
mandant’s Inspection Award and was named Iron Warrior.
Staff Sgt. Edward C. Schaffer was named Instructor of the Cycle.
The following Soldiers were named Top Squad: Sgt. Jeremy S. Hostetler, Shrestha, Spc. Shawn R. Bell, Spc. Nakia C. Junior, Spc. Amed Perez, Spc. Jeffery D. Sailes, Spc. Anthony G. Smith Jr. and Spc. Ryan J. Werenberger.
The following Soldiers were named Top Drill Squad: Sgt. Caleb L. Robinson, Cpl. Brett J. Clark, Cpl. Marvin I. Recendez, Spc. Metogbe K. Ahouelete, Spc. Unique M. Battlesbryant, Spc. Fernando C. Jamandre and Spc. Taylor J. Rhea.
The following graduates were named to the Commandant’s List for the cycle: Hostetler, Sgt. Sienna A. Madurski, Sgt. Caleb L. Robinson, Shrestha, Sgt. Jack R. Womack, Cpl. Brett J. Clark, Cpl. George B. Miles, Vrobel, Perez, Spc. Daniel J. Scott, Sailes, Spc. Anthony B. Smith Jr. and Spc. Sean E. Turner.
Other WLC graduates were as follows: Cpl. Alexander Cruzroman, Cpl. Bryan A. Gregory, Cpl. Craig M. Kiger, Cpl. Michael L. Maxey, Cpl. Cheryl A. Morris, Spc. Jonathan R. Badilloramos, Spc. Prabin R. Bhat, Spc. Casey M. Brown, Spc. Nicholas C. Champagne, Spc. Ambria M. Clemons, Spc. Dravon Coleman, Spc. Kenterrius M. Cooper and Spc. Joanna B. Cumberland.
Also, Spc. Terrence M. Davis, Spc. Brandon M. Drew, Spc. Ory J. Ehle, Spc. Dustin W. Ellis, Spc. Justin T. Floyd, Spc. Daniell E. Garcia, Spc. Jarrett M. Gillium, Spc. Enrique V. Gonzales, Spc. Renard H. Gray, Spc. Andres A. Heredia, Spc. Fernando C. Jamadre and Spc. Heechul Jang.
Also, Spc. Kelly C. Lord, Spc. Ian I. Matthews, Spc. Sade T. Mitchell, Spc. Shane T. Morissette, Spc. David W. Morris Jr., Spc. Michael P. O’Donnell II, Spc. Devin J. Oneill, Spc. Travis O. Owens, Spc. Wilbert Y. Peralta, Spc. Dominique J. Polite, Spc. Matthew P. Reynolds and Spc. Fabian Rivera.
Also, Spc. Gerald K. Schumacher, Spc. Kelli J. Schmiesing, Spc. Daniel J. Scott, Spc. Donald R. Smith Jr., Spc. Alexander P. Straight, Spc. David M. Swaine, Spc. Ashley Vochatzer and Spc. Melissa T. West.