SAMC Hawaii inducts four, continues tradition of excellence
October 17, 2013
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - Four soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were inducted into the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, Oct. 16, aboard the Logistics Support Vessel 7, the Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda.
Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Orozco, 58th Military Police Company, was the quarter's inductee, and Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia, senior enlisted adviser to the 45th Sustainment Brigade, Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, senior enlisted adviser to 728th Military Police Battalion, and 1st Sgt. Derick Graham, first sergeant for the 25th Transportation Company, were given honorary memberships for their hard work and commitment to the Army.
The Sergeant 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 by which all NCOs hold themselves to.
Next, Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring, the guest speaker, SAMC member, and senior enlisted adviser to the 8th Military Police Brigade, talked to the crowd about Audie Murphy the man and the soldier, and why, besides his decorations, we hold him in such high regards.
"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."
He then spoke on how Murphy demanded the government do more to help the veterans, that his book not be written solely about him but through the perspective of the men who had fought the battles, that he 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."