Deployed 21st CSH Soldier Selected for Induction into SAMC
By 2nd Lt. Jose Sanfeliz
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO
Baghadad, Iraq — Sgt. Dorothy Whiteaker, a radiology technologist assigned to the 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) was recently selected for induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Induction and membership in the SAMC is a unique privilege for noncommissioned officers whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition and who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO corps and a combat ready Army.
Members demonstrate superb leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, and development of their Soldier, as well as concern for their Army families. Whiteaker was nominated by Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Solis, 21st CSH Command Sgt. Maj., to appear before the preliminary board held at the 30th Medical Brigade Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq. The board consisted of six Command Sergeants Major asking an array of questions ranging from basic Soldiering skills to complex family issues.
Whiteaker performed well and was chosen to advance to the final board held by Eastern Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg, Germany, via video teleconference. Whiteaker excelled once again and was unanimously chosen by all board members for induction into SAMC. She was the most junior Soldier selected out of all nominees.
Whiteaker has excelled as both a radiology technologist and as a Soldier since enlisting in January of 2001. She completed the Army's Radiology Specialist Program in late 2001 as an honor graduate and moved to Fort Knox, KY the following year. While stationed at Fort Knox, Whiteaker was chosen as USA Medical Activity Fort Knox Soldier of the Year 2004, Fort Knox Soldier of the Quarter, 2nd QTR, 2005, and placed on the Commandant's List while attending the Professional Leadership Development Course 2004. In 2005, Whiteaker would move to Fort Hood, TX where she would join the 21st Combat Support Hospital and eventually be chosen as 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 2006.
Whiteaker said she strongly believes she would not be the Soldier she is today with out the endless support she receives from her husband Tyler and their three children Baileigh, Ashley, and Brock.
"My husband and oldest daughter are very proud and supportive of what I do but I think it is a little harder for my two younger ones to understand why I must go away. I try and tell them that it is very important for me to go and take care of people that need my help."
The 21st CSH's deployed mission is to provide the best possible healthcare to both detainees and coalition forces alike. Whiteaker feels this unique mission is a great opportunity for her and her Soldiers to excel at their job specialty.
"The lessons learned and knowledge gained during this deployment is unlike anything we could have experienced in the civilian world. This is one of the main reasons I enjoy being a Soldier in the United States Army."
Whiteaker is dedicated to making sure the Soldiers around her get everything they possibly can out of this deployment. All four of her Soldiers have received the Army Achievement Medal and two have been promoted since the beginning of their deployment. She organizes monthly mock promotion boards for Task Force 21 Soldiers and is also a member of the TF 21 Quick Reaction Force. Whiteaker's future goals are to teach at the Army Medical Department Center and School and instruct at the AMMED NCO Academy at Fort Sam Houston, TX.