U.S. Army Europe Commander inducts 6 Soldiers into Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in Afghanistan

Dec. 9, 2011

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The commander of U.S. Army Europe helped the Combined Joint Operation Area Afghanistan chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club welcome six new members into its ranks during a ceremony on Kandahar Airfield Dec. 9.

To honor Audie Murphy’s role as both a non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, United States Army Europe commanding general, was the guest speaker, requested by the SAMC specifically because of his reputation and pedigree as a Soldier’s officer, said Sgt. Maj. Ruby Murray, this SAMC chapter’s president.

Being inducted were Sgt. 1st Class Melinda Braithwaite, non-commissioned officer in charge of Camp Nathan Smith Role 2 Medical Treatment Facility, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division; Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl, public affairs officer, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade; Staff Sgt. Antonio L. Buckley, S-2 NCOIC, Task Force Wings, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment; Staff Sgt. Matthew Fullam, Operations NCO, Headquarters Headquarters Company, 14th Engineer Battalion; Staff Sgt. Nathan Nadeau, Battle NCO, 368th Engineer Battalion; and Sgt. Anthony W. Black, Senior Radar Operator, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment.

The arduous process of earning a Sergeant Audie Murphy award begins with being recommended by one’s chain of command.  To prepare, the soldiers were given mentors who were already Sergeant Audie Murphy Award recipients and conducted several mock boards, as well as study groups with the other recipients and their mentors.

“Young soldiers say ‘sergeant, train me,’ ‘sergeant, take care of me,’ ‘sergeant, help me earn the title of sergeant,’” said Hertling, who is on a command visit to Afghanistan, Turkey and Kosovo. “Sergeants push soldiers and sergeants push themselves.”

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