Photo by 1st Sgt.
At the Audie Murphy Club
award ceremony May 10, from left to right,
Command Sgt. Maj.
Medical Brigade; Command Sgt. Maj.
Jeffrey Mellinger, Multinational Forces Iraq;
Sgt.David Mabey, 144th ASMC;
Command Sgt. Maj. David Eddy, European Medical
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq —
Sgt. David Mabey, Mapleton, who is serving in Iraq with the
144th Area Support Medical Company, Utah National
Guard, was inducted May 10 into the Army's Audie Murphy Club.
Organized in 1991, the club was created to recognize
outstanding leadership demonstrated by Army noncommissioned
officers. Criteria for nomination to the club include
demonstration of exceptional leadership attributes and
is named for Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. Soldier
in World War II. Murphy received every combat-related medal
and decoration to include the Congressional Medal of Honor.
requirements for consideration for club membership include
being an assigned leader of Soldiers, scoring at least 290
out of 300 points possible on the Army Physical Fitness
Test, achieving expert qualification with the M-16 rifle and
displaying a superb knowledge of Army regulations,
procedures and traditions.
Candidates appear before two separate boards consisting of
panels of six command sergeants major (CSM) who test their
communication skills and ability to deal with stressful
not easy. These command sergeants major have been in the
Army for a long time and know their stuff,” said Mabey.
“They are very intimidating and put a lot of pressure on you
whether you answer the question right or not. They want to
make sure that you have confidence in yourself and your
answer no matter what they do to question you.”
first board was with local CSMs serving in Iraq. The second
was a video teleconference with European Medical Command
Soldiers serving in Iraq competed for two positions in the
club. The two selected were both National Guard Soldiers
which, according to Mabey, is a rare occurrence. Mabey is
the first Utah National Guard Soldier to receive the honor.
induction ceremony took place at the 30th Medical Brigade’s
dining-in with guests including Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery
Mellinger, Multinational Forces Iraq, and Command Sgt. Maj.
David Eddy, European Medical Command, located in Germany.
received the award as only one of two National Guard
Soldiers present among more than 200 active-duty Soldiers in
that one percent of the Army's noncommissioned officers make
it into this club," said Eddy as he presented Mabey with the
award, a large, silver medallion worn with the dress uniform
suspended by a light-blue ribbon.
learned so much about the military and myself preparing for
this challenge,” said Mabey. “It was definitely not easy,
but I had a lot of help from family and fellow Soldiers of
the 144th. I could not have done it with out them
has been a recognition of not just me but the quality of
Soldiers who come from the state of Utah. We are some the
best out here. Whether they are medical, engineers or field
artillery Soldiers, Utah has set the standard for the rest
of the Army to follow,” Mabey added.
David Mabey contributed to this report.