Salutes & Awards

May 31, 2012

Sgt. Audie Murphy Club gains three new members

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Story and photo by Natalie Lakosil
Staff Writer

From left, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Baca, Company B, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th MI Brigade, Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Robinson, Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center and Staff Sgt. Leander Outlaw, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 111th MI Bde. were inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club on May 22. The Fort Huachuca club began in September 1998 and has only inducted 180 members since then, including Baca, Robinson and Outlaw.

Last week, three new members were inducted into the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club on Fort Huachuca.

Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Baca, Company B, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Robinson, Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, and Staff Sgt. Leander Outlaw, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 111th MI Bde. received their induction medals on May 22 in front of a crowded auditorium.

The club was started on Fort Huachuca in September 1998 and, since then, only has a total of 180 members including the three new inductees.

1st Lt. Audie Murphy was the most highly decorated Soldier in American history.

Murphy earned 33 military awards, citations and decorations, including every medal for valor that America gives as well as three French and one Belgian medal for bravery. Among his 33 awards was the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery a Soldier can receive. In addition, Murphy was credited with killing over 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many more.

After undergoing basic military training, Murphy was sent to Europe, where he fought in nine major campaigns over three years and rose from the rank of private to a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant.

Membership in the SAMC is for noncommissioned officers who possess Murphy’s characteristics and legendary abilities. Each inductee went through a very stringent process to get the award, according to Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Holiday, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence command sergeant major.

“This club is about giving back to the community. It’s not about the individual accomplishment of the Soldier but about the teamwork and the whole club,” Holiday said.

The applicants go through a lengthy application process.

“First, the [Sgt. Audie Murphy] Club is an organization where there is a hands-on portion where they deal with first aid, legal and administrative issues, amongst other things,” Holiday said.

“There are five stages the applicants will go through. Then they come to the installation board. During each one of these phases the applicant must get a ‘go’ on every single task. If they get one ‘no-go’ in an area, they are scratched right there,” he added.

They can then later reapply and go through the whole process again.

“We do not give this award away. If you are a member of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club at Fort Huachuca, then you earned it,” Holiday added.

The new members are honored to be part of this elite organization.

“It’s a very distinguished honor; I am proud to be a member of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and I am glad to be able to go through all of this with my brother here and thank everyone for coming out to support us,” said Robinson.

“Having this honor means that it’s a dedication of community service, volunteerism — you continue to lead from the front, you continue to do all those things as Soldiers and NCOs,” she added.

“It’s a huge honor. It just brought me back to the basics of always leading out front with the Soldiers. It is a big accomplishment, been a long time coming,” said inductee Baca.

“It’s a proud accomplishment for me being part of one of the most elite organizations that NCOs can be in. Wow, all I can say is ‘Wow, I finally did it!’ I have been at it for a long time, and to finally be inducted into this outstanding organization is just amazing,” Outlaw said.




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