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Posted: February 23, 2018 4:06 p.m.
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Marne Chapter SAMC holds ceremony

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Sgt. Antasia Miller (middle) receives an Army Commendation Medal, Sergeant Audie Murphy Award, medallion and coin from Command Sgt. Maj. John Johnson (left) and Brig. Gen. Sean Bernabe, Task Force Marne command team, during a Sergeant Audie Murphy induction ceremony, Feb. 15, at Fort Stewart. Each of the three inductees passed a required Army physical fitness test, written and hands on test and oral board prior to their acceptance into the club.

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Members of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club welcomed three new noncommissioned officers during an induction ceremony, Feb. 15, at Fort Stewart. 

The Marne Chapter SAMC mentor, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McMurdy, senior enlisted advisor for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was the guest speaker for the event.

“The NCOs inducted today did not arrive here over night,” he said. “Their devotion to expertise of our profession, personal readiness and, more importantly, the readiness of their Soldiers and their Soldiers’ families; desire to serve as positive and influential ambassadors to our communities; and the ability to overcome seemingly daunting requirements has earned them a place in this esteemed association of noncommissioned officers.”

Sgt. Antasia Miller of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. Ryan Baur of 2nd ABCT and Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Loo of 3rd Infantry Division Artillery received Army Commendation Medals, Sergeant Audie Murphy Awards, medallions and coins from 3rd ID Task Force Marne command team, Brig. Gen. Sean Bernabe and Command Sgt. Maj. John Johnson, for their achievements.

“These NCOs have been rock solid for some time,” McMurdy said.

The club’s Marne Chapter currently has about 30 members, all of whom have passed the required Army physical fitness test, written and hands on tests and oral board.

“It’s a very challenging job,” said Loo, the president of SAMC. “Soldiers are always looking to you for knowledge because you are the subject-matter expert for everything.”

Whether an individual volunteers for selection or is recommended by their chain of command, it’s a great feat to make it to the induction.

“I feel very accomplished,” Miller said. “The club is held to such a high standard, but if people stay committed and dedicated, it’s possible to achieve.”

“I was really trying to challenge myself,” Baur said. “It was cool to reach that goal.”

The club’s motto, “you lead from the front,” is an expression familiar to most noncommissioned officers. It was coined by Staff Sgt. Audie Murphy and epitomizes what a good leader should do.

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