Story and photos by Sgt. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club added two noncommissioned officers into its distinguished ranks, during an induction ceremony at the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters building, Dec. 6.
Staff Sgt. Sean Ambriz, maneuver and mobility support noncommissioned officer, 759th Military Police Battalion, and Staff Sgt. Jason Patruno, cannon crewmember, Battery B, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, became the newest members of the SAMC Fort Carson chapter during the event.
The Soldiers were inducted into the club after a long process of recommendations and qualification boards to set them above their peers.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Dills, noncommissioned officer in charge, Iron Horse Family Medical Center, Evans Army Community Hospital, said that it was not easy for them to become members, but all of the hard work and determination they put forward helped them achieve their goals.
“They have had to show a level of leadership that is on par with what Sgt. Audie Murphy was thought to be,” Dills said. “They gave their time; their leadership and mentored their Soldiers above what is commonly seen. They have led from the front in all aspects of what they do in the military.”
Patruno said that it was one of the best feelings in the world to have his wife and daughter see him become part of the honored society.
“It took me three years to be able to get to this day,” he said. “I tried as a young sergeant, and I had some more developing to do. It means a lot to finally be here. I have been working on it for three years — improving myself as well as (always) striving to become a better section chief, and turning my weaknesses into strengths.”
Ambriz said joining the club is an honor and means stepping up to new levels and helping to change the Army in the future in accordance with the 2020 plan. He said he can’t wait to help lead the future Army.
Patruno and Ambriz both said that anyone can become a member of the club with hard work and dedication.
“Stick with it; don’t doubt yourself,” Patruno said. “It is not about the fact of being perfect when you get here. It’s the fact of developing and showing the dedication that you want to improve yourself and help others. Even when it gets hard, just stick with it; have absolute determination, and you will achieve any goal you set.”