144th ASMC Soldier Inducted

into Elite Leader Club

 

Written by Maj. Hank McIntire

Published May 22, 2006

 

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At the Audie Murphy Club award ceremony May 10, from left to right, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher, 30th Medical Brigade; Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, Multinational Forces Iraq; Sgt.David Mabey, 144th ASMC; and Command Sgt. Maj. David Eddy, European Medical Command.

Photo by 1st Sgt. Jerrid Floyd

At the Audie Murphy Club award ceremony May 10, from left to right,

Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher, 30th Medical Brigade; Command Sgt. Maj.

Jeffrey Mellinger, Multinational Forces Iraq; Sgt.David Mabey, 144th ASMC;

and Command Sgt. Maj. David Eddy, European Medical Command. 

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 personal achievement

The club 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.

Specific 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 situations.

“It was 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.”

The first board was with local CSMs serving in Iraq.  The second was a video teleconference with European Medical Command CSMs.

Three 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.

The 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.

Mabey received the award as only one of two National Guard Soldiers present among more than 200 active-duty Soldiers in the room. 

“Less 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.

“I have 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 supporting me.”

“This 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.

Sgt. David Mabey contributed to this report.