Sunday, March 24, 2013

More on Our Soldier being inducted into the Audie Murphy club

385th inducts first Audie Murphy in eight years
1st Lt. Christopher J. Marshall
385th MP Bn.
The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club
is a means of recognizing those
noncommissioned officers who
have contributed significantly to
the development of a professional
NCO corps, and a combat-ready
Army. Members exemplify leadership
characterized by personal concern
for the needs, training and
welfare of Soldiers and concern for
Families of Soldiers.
The above statement broadly
describes the type of NCO that is
invited to compete for membership
into the Sergeant Audie Murphy
Club. The club, run in individual
chapters, is operated on each Army
installation and comprises no more
than two percent of the NCO
Those Soldiers who compete
must memorize the NCO Creed,
the Soldier’s Creed, the unit song,
the extended biography of Sgt.
Audie Murphy, and the history of
the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club at
a minimum.
Staff Sgt. Dustin McClenney, a
squad leader in the 293rd Military
Police Company, 385th MP
Battalion, 16th MP Brigade is the
first NCO from the Dragoon
Battalion to have this honor
bestowed upon him in approximately
eight years.
On Feb. 11, McClenney was one
of four NCOs from the 3rd Infantry
Division to be inducted to the Fort
Stewart Chapter of the club. In
order to prepare, McClenney spent
hours studying and asking questions
of his senior leadership to
help develop his knowledge base.
The most difficult part of preparing
for the board was memorizing
Murphy’s biography.
“I feel that I have started a new
chapter in my career by not only
participating in the club events but
giving back to the local communities
that support our troops as well
as fulfilling the intent of the club to
be nationwide and to influence our
future leaders of tomorrow,” said
McClenny completed this task
while maintaining his position as
a squad leader, a position in which
he was responsible for providing
law enforcement support to the
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army
Airfield communities, while caring
for his Soldiers and their Families.
Anyone who strives to further
and challenge themselves to
achieve this next level, must go
after the basics, re-visiting leader
responsibilities and getting to know
the in’s and out’s of one’s Soldiers,
said McClenney. Leaders must
know what it means to be an NCO
and a Soldier, and how to enhance
their confidence. And leaders must
remember that they “lead from the
front,” McClenny said.

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