• Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inducts new member

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Lamp Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inducted its newest member, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Garner, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 15th Military Police Brigade, in a ceremony Jan. 5 in the Eisenhower Auditorium at the Lewis and Clark Center.
    Sgt. Audie Murphy is the most decorated soldier in American history earning every medal of valor awarded by America as well as one Belgian medal and three French medals. He was discharged from the Army on Sept. 21, 1945, and moved to Hollywood where he became a well-known author, actor, producer, songwriter and poet. He was killed in a plane crash May 28, 1971.
    “Sgt. Audie Murphy demonstrated selfless service by placing his mission and the welfare of his mission before his own,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bugher, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 705th MP Battalion (Detention), who served as the master of ceremonies. “He never left his fallen soldiers behind.”
    SAMC President Sgt. 1st Class David Peppard said Garner is an example of a selfless noncommissioned officer.
    “Sgt. Garner has shown commitment to the (SAMC) and NCO Corps by volunteering on numerous occasions to include being part of the Adopt-a-Highway clean-up (program), the Great Escape (Run) 5K and color guard for the (Association of the U.S. Army) birthday ball,” Peppard said. “He has coached youth baseball and is part of the pro-staff for The Fallen Outdoors, and he is the enlisted rep for the installation rod and gun club. He is truly a selfless NCO who is committed to the welfare of his soldiers and our nation.”
    As part of his induction, Garner was presented with a certificate of achievement, a framed biography of Audie Murphy, a membership card and the SAMC medallion featuring the club crest designed by original SAMC organizer and professional illustrator Don Moore, Bugher said.
    The crest features three stars between the SAMC abbreviation representing the “Be, Know and Do” spirit of the NCO; the American bald eagle represents the intent of the SAMC to be nationwide; the laurel represents the individual achievement of each club member; the lightning bolt represents the swift and decisive action taken by the NCO; the sword is the symbolic tool of the NCO to cut to the heart of the matter and to lead the charge; the Army staff sergeant stripes represent the highest enlisted rank obtained by Audie Murphy; and the powder blue streamers indicate the words of the NCO philosophy — loyalty, caring, discipline and professionalism, Bugher said.
    Medical Department Activity Sgt. Maj. Thomas Sherrod, a 2007 SAMC inductee, served as guest speaker at the ceremony.
    “(SAMC) members believe in the philosophy of ‘what can I do for the Army, my community’ and the soldiers surrounding them,” Sherrod said. “Becoming a (SAMC) member does not mean you are better than any other NCO or soldier, but that you have made a decision to be an example for others to emulate the dedication and hard work to achieve life goals.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Sherrod used the words of the NCO Creed to describe Garner and reminded him to continually put the creed to use.
    “Garner is a soldier’s leader. (He) never faltered from his basic responsibilities while assuring his soldiers were successful in every mission they attempted,” Sherrod said. “You have completed a small step in this phase of tactical proficiency for NCOs. Remember what you’ve learned during your studies and preparation. Use this information to not only succeed in your unit and in your career, but also use this information as motivation displayed to mentor and mold junior soldiers and NCOs so that they, too, will lead and be prepared to succeed at the next level of responsibility.”
    Sherrod quoted Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his description of a leader.
    “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent,” he quoted.
    “Be a leader who makes tough decisions having confidence, not one who sits back and leads from the rear. Be that shining example that has and displays every essence of Audie Leon Murphy,” Sherrod said. “Remember that future NCOs and leaders of tomorrow start off with what we provide as mentorship and direction today. Always provide that inspirational leadership.”
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