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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 4:12am
Fort Bliss, TX — Two senior noncommissioned officers from the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Armored Division, undertook one of the most difficult trials for an enlisted Soldier and earned the right to be Sergeant Audie Murphy Club members, here, Feb. 14.
Sgts. 1st Class Farante’ Parker, human resource noncommissioned officer-in-charge for the battalion, and Justin Rooks, a senior truck master for 377th Transportation Company, had to prove their worth and leadership ability to a panel of the post’s most senior noncommissioned officers, who asked them situational questions about almost every aspect of being an NCO.
While it may be simple in theory, only three other NCOs on Fort Bliss have managed the feat in the last year.
It can take a career of Army experience to obtain the knowledge necessary to succeed and that is why it is so significant, said Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Parks, the senior enlisted leader for the 15th Sust. Bde.
“When I think of the importance [of being a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club member], I think of the many hours of sacrifice that each one of them put in,” said Parks, who is also a member of the club. “Once you go into this elite organization, much more is expected of you – within the community, within your senior leadership, within your units. It’s huge.”
SAMC members volunteer countless hours of service to the community, including donating clothes to woman’s battered shelters, feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving, spending time with elderly veterans and their families, and helping children at school.
While the extra responsibility may be daunting, Parker and Rooks have shown they are both quality NCOs and people deserving of the club’s reputation.
Before they even tried to become members, they were volunteering in the community. They have comforted patients at a children’s hospital, donated items to victims of the disaster in Haiti and supported the fight against cancer.
Although their selfless service and dedication to their Soldiers alone qualified them as good candidates for the club, it was more rewarding to have been recognized and recommended by their leadership as worthy, said Rooks.
“I’m humbled,” he said. “I’ve always come up in the Army where, for the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, somebody had to see something in you. I think it’s more fulfilling knowing that somebody saw that in me.”
The post SAMC selection board is held quarterly. For more information about the club, visit www.Facebook.com/BlissSAMC.