SAMC Hawaii inducts four, continues tradition of excellence

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Three members the the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club of Hawaii recite the Noncommissioned Officers Creed during the quarterly SAMC Induction Ceremony held aboard the Logistical Support Vessel 7 Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, Oct. 16.

Three members the the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club of Hawaii recite the Noncommissioned Officers Creed during the quarterly SAMC Induction Ceremony held aboard the Army’s Logistical Support Vessel 7 Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, Oct. 16.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Four Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were inducted into the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club in a ceremony aboard the Logistics Support Vessel 7, the Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, Oct. 16.

The Sgt Audie Murphy Club is an elite organization of noncommissioned officers who have demonstrated inherent leadership qualities and abilities characterized by those of Sgt. Audie Murphy, the highest decorated Soldier in U.S. Army history.

The ceremony began with a presentation of “I am the Sergeant,” featuring Soldiers in historical military garb. Then, three members of the SAMC recited the NCO Creed, reinforcing the standards to which all NCOs hold themselves.

Next, Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring, senior enlisted adviser, 8th Military Police Brigade, SAMC member and guest speaker for

the event, spoke to the crowd about Audie

Murphy, the man and the Soldier, and why, besides his decorations, we hold him in such high regard.

“As I did a little deeper dive into the life of Audie Murphy, one word repeatedly came to mind, and that word is ‘relevant,’” said Woodring. “There is no doubt that Audie Murphy was relevant in his actions on the battlefield; his awards show he clearly had bearing on the matter at hand. But what I found most interesting was that he was relevant in just about everything he did after his military life as well.”

Woodring then spoke on how Murphy demanded the government do more to help veterans, about how his book should not be written solely about him, but through the perspective of the men who had fought the battles, and about how Murphy wanted his headstone “plain and inconspicuous,” so that he would be remembered as an ordinary Soldier.

“Providing for the homeless, mentoring and assisting Junior ROTC clubs, and doing fundraisers are just a few of the relevant things being a Sgt. Audie Murphy Club member represents,” Woodring said, in closing. “The club and its members’ efforts certainly have bearing on the matters at hand.”

8th TSC SAMC Inductees

These Soldiers were inducted Oct. 16:

•Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, senior enlisted adviser, 728th Military Police Battalion, honorary membership;

•1st Sgt. Derick Graham, first sergeant, 25th Transportation Company, 524th Combat Service Support Bn., 45th Sustainment Brigade, honorary membership;

•Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Orozco, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., who was the quarter’s inductee; and

•Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia, senior enlisted adviser, 45th Sust. Bde., honorary membership.

 

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