MDW Reg 215-7
MDW Reg 215-7
OF THE ARMY
13 December 1999
Welfare And Recreation
FOR THE COMMANDER: DISTRIBUTIONS:
Summary. This regulation establishes procedures and eligibility in regard to the Military District of Washington (MDW) Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) .
Applicability. This regulation applies to all elements of MDW with soldiers assigned or attached, active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. It applies specifically to the staff elements with responsibilities for managing and administering this program.
Supplementation. This regulation may be supplemented at the installation level.. Proposed supplements must be submitted for approval to Commander, MDW, ATTN: ANPE, 103 Third Avenue, Fort Lesley J. McNair, DC 20319-5058.
Suggested improvements. The proponent of this regulation is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (DCSPER) I MDW. Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) to Commander, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, ATTN: ANPE, 103 Third Avenue, Fort Lesley J. McNair, DC 20319-5058.
This regulation provides information and administrative instructions for the MDW Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) . Appendix A is a brief biography of Sergeant Audie Murphy.
3. Explanation of abbreviations and terms
Abbreviations and special explained in the glossary. terms used in this regulation
Induction and membership in the MDW SAMC is a reward for noncommissioned officers (NCOs) whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition. The SAMC is a means of recognizing those NCOs 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, development, welfare of soldiers, and concern for families of soldiers.
All MDW active Army component Army Reserve and Army National Guard NCOs in the rank corporal through sergeant first class who directly supervise at least two soldiers are eligible to compete for membership in the MDW SAMC. The MDW Command Sergeant Major (CSM) may at his discretion allow tenant units on MDW installations to be eligible to compete for membership in the MDW SAMC.
7. SAMC administration
8. Honorary membership
Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time. A war hero, movie actor, writer of country and western songs, and poet. His biography reads more like fiction than fact. He lived 9nly 46 years, but he made a lasting imprint on American history. Audie was born on a sharecropper farm in northern Texas on June 20, 1924. As a boy, he chopped cotton for 1 dollar a day and was noted for his feats of daring do and his accuracy with a gun. He had only 5 years of schooling and was orphaned at age 16. After being refused enlistment during World War II, in both the Marines and Paratroopers, for being too small ( 5'5" ) and underweight ( 110 lbs.) He enlisted in the U.S. Army a few days after his 18th birthday. After basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas, and advanced training at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, Audie was sent overseas. He was assigned to the famous 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, where he fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. He earned a battlefield commission for his courage and leadership ability as well as citations and decorations including every medal for valor that America gives. He was also awarded three French and one Belgian medals. Lieutenant Audie Murphy was the highest decorated soldier in American history. Discharged from the Army on September 21, 1945, Audie went to Hollywood at the invitation of movie star James Cagney. He remained in California for the rest of his life and was closely associated with the movie industry as both an actor and a producer. He acted in 44 films, starring in 39 of them. His best known film was "To Hell and Back, II adopted from the best selling book of his war experiences by the same name. Most of his movies were westerns. In 1955, Audie Murphy was voted the Most Popular Western Actor in America by the Motion Picture Exhibitors. Audie wrote the lyrics to 16 country and western songs, the most popular of which was "Shutters and Boards," written with Scott Turner in 1962. Over 30 pop singers, including Jerry Wallace, Dean Martin, and Porter Waggoner recorded the song. He was an accomplished poet; unfortunately, only a few of his poems have survived. In 1950, Audie joined the 36th Infantry Division ("T-Patchers") of the Texas National Guard and served with it until 1966. He was a Mason and a Shriner and belonged to several veterans' organizations. Audie Murphy was killed in a plane crash on a mountaintop near Roanoke, Virginia, on May 28, 1971. Fittingly, his body was recovered 2 days later on Memorial Day. Audie could very well be the last American war hero. He was the greatest combat soldier in the 200-year plus history of the United States.
Office Symbol (Marks Number) (Date)
SUBJECT: Memorandum of Introduction
1. It is with personal pleasure that I forward this memorandum of introduction to Sergeant James R. Jones, Jr., 111-22-3333, currently assigned to your command. Sergeant Jones is a member of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and one of the Army's finest noncommissioned officers.
2. The MDW Sergeant Audie Murphy Club was established to recognize noncommissioned officers who best exemplify that special kind of leadership and professionalism characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development, and welfare of soldiers. Membership is granted only to those who have demonstrated the ability to meet those challenges in an exceptional manner.
3. Sergeant Jones exhibited the very highest standards leadership and achievement and was selected for membership this prestigious club of military professionals.
4. Enclosed is a copy of Sergeant Audie Murphy's biography that clearly sets the standards by which club members are evaluated.
Office Symbol (Marks Number) (Date)
SUBJECT: Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Nomination and Worksheet
MONTHS AT PRESENT JOB:
DUTY POSITION AND DATE ASSIGNED:
TIME IN SERVICE:
SECURITY CLEARANCE :
NO. PERSONS SUPERVISED:
(CDR SIGNATURE BLOCK)
MEMORANDUM FOR SAMC Selection Board
SUBJECT: SAMC Performance Record
1. The following performance records are submitted for (place name of soldier), an SAMC candidate:
NUMBER OF SOLDIERS SUPERVISED:
NAME/ADDRESS NEXT OF KIN:
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS :
PERSONAL PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENTS :
SUBORDINATE PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENTS :
WEAPON QUAL AVG:
APFT AVERAGE: -
2. The following information concerning discipline of subordinates is provided:
3. The following additional comments are provided:
DO / DO NOT RECOMMEND SM FOR SAMC
F-l. Interview SAMC members as possible officer candidate school or warrant officer candidates.
F-2. Encourage assignments to leadership positions allow SAMC members to develop leadership skills.
F-3. Assign to instructor duties or positions and teach NCO development classes.
F-4. Encourage further participation in off-duty education programs to set an example for younger soldiers.
F-5. Accompany sergeants major on unit visits and talk to individual NCOs.
F-6. Use their talents as:
F-7. Encourage their involvement in community activities, e.g., Youth Services, Army Community Service, and Parent Teacher Associations.
F-8. Encourage them to help identify potential SAMC member.
S*A*M*C: Initials separated by three stars which represent the Be, Know, and Do for the NCO.
SSG Rank Insignia: Reflects Audie Murphy's highest enlisted rank.
The Eagle: Our national bird and symbol of freedom, the intent of the club to be nationwide.
The Laurel: Represents the individual achievement of the NCOs in the club.
The Lightning Bolt: Represents swift and decisive action taken by the NCO.
The Sword: A historical reference, a tool for the NCO to cut to the heart of the matter, to lead the charge.
The Streamers: Indicate upon which we base our philosophy.
MDW Sergeant Audie Murphy Club