No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer; a leader of people. I am proud of the Noncommissioned Officer corps and will, at all times, conduct myself so as to bring credit upon it.
A leader is someone who inspires others to make the right decisions when it may not be popular or easy. A leader does not commit intentional acts that make it difficult for subordinates to respect someone that has clearly humiliated himself and his position. A proud NCO does not make irrational decisions of the very corps he is honored to be a part. My actions were deplorable when measured against this standard; flying directly in the face of what any professional or leader strives to be.
A professional does not waste his or anyone else's time spreading discontent and questioning leadership. Leaders do not put themselves in positions to have their professionalism, integrity or respect questioned. They become something larger that does not need the support of others to do what is right. Most importantly, a non-commissioned officer does not lose sight of or let something influence his moral compass. I neglected one of the key ties bringing both the NCO Charge and the NCO Creed together. The charge, "I am charged at all times with presenting an image of competency, integrity, and pride - The image of a Professional NCO," is very similar to the last paragraph of the NCO Creed. Both highlight professionalism which I directly link to personal honor. My honor is damaged beyond repair but more importantly, I have damaged the honor of thousands of people whom I have never met and that do not deserve to be treated as I have treated them.