13th SC(E) Soldiers Attempt to Join Audie Murphy Club

Story and Photo by Spc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — “Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time,” begins the biography recited by the three candidates at the board for the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Aug. 27 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

The noncommissioned officers of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) recited the biography in front of a panel of sergeants major from all over the Iraqi theater, from Camp Speicher to Camp Taji.

The club was established in 1986 at the 13th SC(E)’s home in Fort Hood, Texas. Carrying on the tradition, Command Sgt. Maj. Mark D. Joseph, the senior enlisted adviser for the 13th SC(E), said he held the board during this deployment to challenge his Soldiers.

“The most important quality a candidate needs to have is confidence,” said Joseph. “It’s not about knowing the answer, the Soldier also needs to be able to maintain military bearing throughout the process.”

The situation-based questions required Soldiers to do more than simply memorize and quote regulations. The NCOs described theoretical courses of action for situations they could encounter as leaders.

Staff Sgt. Aileen Lynn, a platoon sergeant with the 89th Transportation Company, 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade from Fort Eustis, Va., said her entire career has been a stepping stone leading to this board.

“I’ve been getting ready for this board my whole NCO career,” she said. “The last six weeks I really buckled down. I learned regulations and just reviewed what I knew about my Soldiers.”

The difficulty of the board is increased by the rapid-fire questioning, but Lynn said the hardest part was not knowing what to expect. 

Two of the three candidates, including Lynn, overcame the challenges they faced to be recommended for induction into the prestigious club.

Joseph said, “There is always room for improvement, and one NCO will have to come back when he’s better prepared, but overall the Soldiers did very well. I was impressed by their knowledge and expertise.”

 

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SGT Christine Moreno, a light-wheel vehicle mechanic from the 10th sustainment brigade, displays the technique to properly clear an M16A2 rifle during the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club board Aug. 27 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

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"I've been getting ready for this board my whole NCO career," said Staff Sgt. Aileen Lynn, a platoon sergeant assigned to the 89th Transportation Company, 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, deployed from Fort Eustis, Va. Lynn is one of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s newest Audie Murphy Club members.

 

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SGT Christine Moreno, a light-wheel vehicle mechanic from the 10th sustainment brigade, became one of the newest members of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s Audie Murphy Club Aug. 27 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

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13th Sustainment Command Soldier of the Quarter: Pfc. Greg Procopio, and Atlantic City, N.J., native, and supply clerk assigned to Headquarters, 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade.

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13th Sustainment Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter: Sgt. Anthony H. Gomez, light wheel vehicle mechanic, 70th Transportation Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade.