My name is Sgt. 1st Class Richard Sheetz, and I am the JBLE SAMC president. I have the distinct honor of serving with motivated and dedicated leaders here, who hail from various Army military occupational specialties. These noncommissioned officers are some of the finest leaders within their career fields who consistently strive to better themselves, the installation and the surrounding community.
As stated in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Regulation 600-14, “the TRADOC Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an elite organization of NCOs who have demonstrated performance and inherent leadership qualities and abilities characterized by those of Sergeant Audie Murphy.”
When one first views this statement, the word “elite” stands out above all. All NCOs should want to achieve their goals, strive for excellence, be distinguished leaders of Soldiers, help their community, and attempt to stand out within their peer group, among many other things.
The SAMC is an all-volunteer organization of NCOs that continuously assists the installation and local communities through participation in volunteer activities and various installation-level events. The SAMC relies on those members who earn the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Award, or SAMA, to support club participation and assist in a wide array of opportunities that may not normally be available to all NCOs.
Those who wish to earn the SAMA can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying regulations, with current SAMC members who take pride in inculcating knowledge into aspiring candidates. Additionally, candidates will participate in several physical and mental challenges, such as physical fitness performance testing and an installation level board.
Why would you want to do all this for a medallion?
It’s not about the medallion or the title. SAMC efforts do not go unnoticed, by your chain of command, or by the members of the Centralized Selection Board. During fiscal year 2016, the sergeant first class promotion board field after-action report stated that “NCOs were viewed favorably if they were inducted into prestigious professional clubs such as Sergeant Audie Murphy.” The report also recommended that “Soldiers seeking to set themselves apart from their peers should seek membership in distinguished organizations, such as the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.”
This does not mean an NCO should only use the SAMC as a way to get promoted, but rather as a way to interact with leaders of all MOSs and ranks, learn critical regulations to better their military knowledge, and have the ability to give back to the community that supports Soldiers each and every day. Remember, the SAMA is an outstanding achievement, but being a SAMC member is where the hard work begins. It is what you learn on the path to induction, it is the leadership development you obtain on that path, and the opportunities that present themselves along the way. Once you have been in the SAMC for a while, you give back to not only your community, but to a larger group of NCOs who help keep the professional development legacy going.
Any leader who is qualified and ready to take the necessary steps toward induction should contact the SAMC president, or a chapter member within their installation. These members will assist you with the induction process in accordance with TRADOC Regulation 600-14 and their SAMC-established by-laws. Additionally, they may provide you with study topics for each level SAMC board, study group times and locations, and assist you in preparing for the induction process.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
“You lead from the front.” — Audie Leon Murphy
Victory Starts Here!
Pictured above: Joint Base Langley-Eustis Sergeant Audie Murphy Club members stand for a photo during an induction ceremony at Wylie Theater on Fort Eustis, Virginia, Dec. 16, 2016. During the ceremony, Staff Sgt. Matthew Farmer received the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Award. (From left to right: Sgt. 1st Class Richard Sheetz, Staff Sgt. Retina McCarter, Master Sgt. Kira Welch, Sgt. 1st Class Edith Canada, Sgt. Maj. Joel Zecca, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg, Staff Sgt. Matthew Farmer, Sgt. 1st Class Charmaine Duany, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Cheely and Master Sgt. Cassandra Alam)