8th TSC inducts newest SAMC members, honors spouses

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Col. Charles Maskell (left), deputy commanding officer, 8th TSC, presents Athenia Watts with the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award during the SAMC induction ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, Feb. 2.

Col. Charles Maskell (left), deputy commanding officer, 8th TSC, presents Athenia Watts with the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award during the SAMC induction ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, Feb. 2.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A legacy of leadership that started with World War II hero Sgt. Audie Murphy continued with noncommissioned officers of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command being honored in a ceremony, here, Feb. 2.

Family, friends and guests gathered at the Sgt. Smith Theater to witness the induction of 19 new members in the U.S. Army-Hawaii Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and the recognition of two Dr. Mary E. Walker Award recipients.

Murphy earned a battlefield commission for his courage and leadership ability, and he was the highest decorated Soldier in American history. Those hoping to join the SAMC ranks must also show courage and leadership, said Staff Sgt. Celeste Imel, USARHAW SAMC president.

Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Rowland, command sergeant major, 94th AAMDC, speaks during the SAMC ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, Feb 2.

Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Rowland, command sergeant major, 94th AAMDC, speaks during the SAMC ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, Feb 2.

“The (SAMC) Soldier must live up to all the Army values; the Soldier must be knowledgeable, dedicated and professional beyond reproach,” Imel said, who is also the career counselor for the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th TSC. “(The SAMC Soldier) must be an outstanding (noncommissioned officer) who leads from the front.”

The role of a SAMC member is to provide guidance, leadership and work as a team member to make a difference in the Army and the local community, she said.

 

“Being chosen to be a member of the SAMC is a great honor and a huge responsibility,” said newly inducted SAMC member Staff Sgt. Theresa Colvin, operations and battalion medical sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 524th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde. “Sgt. Audie Murphy and the members I am privileged to join have set such an amazing example of the true meaning of being a leader in the Army and being a role model for the community. These are such big shoes to fill, and I will do my best to adhere to the standards that they have set.”

The Dr. Mary E. Walker Award is given quarterly to military spouses whose achievements and performance merit special recognition. Walker was a surgeon and spy during the Civil War and is the only female recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Sabine Edmonson and Athenia Watts, both spouses of 8th Military Police Bde., 8th TSC Soldiers, received this award.

“The Dr. Mary E. Walker award is a means of recognizing those who have contributed significantly to the quality of the life for Soldiers — (by) exemplifying personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers, and concern for families of Soldiers,” Imel said.

Both Edmonson and Watts have consistently volunteered throughout the years to support the military community through various programs, such as family readiness groups, Army Community Service and local community activities.

Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Rowland, command sergeant major, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

8th TSC Inductees and Recipients

45th Sust. Bde.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Joy Allen
  • Staff Sgt. Theresa Colvin
  • Sgt. 1st Class Keneidra Hargrove
  • Staff Sgt. Demetrius Harrell
  • Sgt. Dephanaye Jackson Jr.
  • Staff Sgt. Nathan Meeks
  • Staff Sgt. Sylvanus Member-Meneh
  • Staff Sgt. Marian Rosario
  • Sgt. 1st Class William Watschinger

130th Engineer Bde.

  • Sgt. Johnathan Hughes
  • Staff Sgt. Brian Jewett
  • Staff Sgt. Niya Jones
  • Staff Sgt. Ali Mohammad
  • Staff Sgt. Derius Outlaw
  • Sgt. 1st Class David Ray
  • Staff Sgt. Jeffery Stepanoff Jr.
  • Sgt. Johnathan Wilson

8th MP Bde.

  • Sgt. John Cunningham

94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

  • Staff Sgt. Steven Maui

Dr. Mary E. Walker Award

  • Sabine Edmondson
  • Athenia Watts

 

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