Story and photos by Sgt. Candice Funchess
3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Perhaps too few causes unite Soldiers, civilians and local nationals in a deployed environment.
However, all personnel came together in support of wounded warriors and the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, here, recently.
Roughly 475 participants, including Soldiers from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, united in support of a run for the Wounded Warrior Project, here. The JSC-A Chapter, headquartered by the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based in Fort Knox, Ky., hosted a weeklong fundraiser that culminated in a 5k run and a check presentation of nearly $11,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
SAMC members held several meetings to decide how to give back to the KAF community. That is, after all, what the club is all about, said Sgt. 1st Class Chestine Sanders, brigade operations noncommissioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th CAB, and chapter secretary.
“The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an elite group of NCOs that give back to the community,” Sanders explained.
“We thought it would be a good way to let the wounded warriors know they’re not forgotten,” said Master Sgt. Wyman Loveless Jr., senior enlisted advisor for religious support operations, JSC-A, and the chapter president. “It’s one thing to say something, but it sends a totally different message when you do something for someone.”
The wounded warriors appreciated the support the SAMC generated, said Staff Sgt. Scott Mason, KAF Wounded Warrior Center NCOIC.
Mason attended the event and received the check on behalf of the center.
“They (wounded warriors) were also surprised by the amount (of the check),” said Mason.
“The center plans to use the money to buy the necessary items, first, such as eye protection, shower shoes and wounded warrior physical training gear,” Mason added.
Club members were thankful for the support of the community, as well.
“We want to let people know there’s no way we could’ve done this event without people’s support,” said Loveless.
“The amount of support we have received over this last week has been overwhelming.”
The JSC-A chapter is scheduled to host several more events in support of Soldiers in the coming months.
“It’s just about taking care of Soldiers,” said Sgt. Maj. Cynthia R. Johnson, operations senior enlisted advisor for JSC-A and SAMC member. “That’s just what we do.”