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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Gerety, left, the commander of the 80th Training Command, awards the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club medallion to Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, a senior instructor with the 7th Battalion, 94th Regiment, during the U.S. Army Reserve Command's Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony hosted by the 80th Training Command in the headquarters building at Richmond, Va., Feb. 1, 2013. Gilpin also received the club's lifetime membership card with a plaque and the Army Commendation medal. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Anderson/Released)

RICHMOND, Va. - Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, senior instructor 7th Battalion, 95th Regiment, was inducted into the United States Army Reserve Command chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony hosted by the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Va., Feb. 1, 2013.

The Sierra Leone native, who recently became a United States citizen, referred to his induction into the SAMC as a life-changing experience.

"It really makes me look back at those things that I didn't think I could do," said Gilpin, who credits the soldiers he leads for his induction.

"Although it feels great for me, my number one priority is going back and making sure I can train my soldiers," Gilpin said. "This isn't about me but my soldiers."

Command Sgt. Major Kelly Largent, Gilpin's senior enlisted leader, nominated him for induction and helped him prepare.

"We worked through a series of mock boards," said Gilpin. "It wasn't an individual effort."

Largent said Gilpin's induction into the SAMC culminated from years of hard work and determination.

"It feels really good to see him inducted and knowing I coached the right person," Largent said. "He showed the qualities of greatness, the hard part was helping him to recognize it."

A panel of senior NCOs selected Gilpin during board proceedings at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 11, 2012. The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, named after the United States military's most decorated veteran, is a private U.S. Army organization for enlisted noncommissioned officers which began at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1986.

Candidates are formally recommended to compete for membership based on their leadership abilities, and for showing genuine concern for soldiers and the soldiers' families. The competitors then appear before a panel of senior NCOs for a painstaking verbal examination.

Gilpin says he plans to continue training, leading and developing other soldiers to compete for the SAMC.

"I can go back and motivate those that don't think they can do certain things," said Gilpin. "Like Audie Murphy said, 'You've got to lead from the front.'"


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Date Taken:02.01.2013

Date Posted:02.23.2013 20:30

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Va., Ky., Feb. 1, Oct. 11, 95th Regiment, Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, senior instructor 7th Battalion, was inducted into the United States Army Reserve Command chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, during a ceremony hosted by the 80th Training Command in Richmond, 2013. The Sierra Leone native, who recently became a United States citizen, referred to his induction into the SAMC as a life changing experience. "It really makes me look ba, " said Gilpin, who credits the Soldiers he leads for his induction. "Although it feels great for me, my number one priority is going back and making sure I can train my Soldiers, " Gilpin said. "This isn't about me but my Soldiers." Command Sgt. Major Kelly Largent, Gilpin's senior enlisted leader, nominated him for induction and helped him prepare. "We worked through a series of mock boards, " said Gilpin. "It wasn't an individual effort." Largent said Gilpin's induction into the SAMC cul, " Largent said. "He showed the qualities of greatness, the hard part was helping him to recognize it." A panel of senior NCOs selected Gilpin during boar, 2012. The Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, named after the United States Military's most decorated veteran, is a private U.S. Army organization for enlisted non-commissioned officers which began at Fort Hood , and for showing genuine concern for Soldiers and the Soldiers' families. The competitors then appear, leading and developing other Soldiers to compete for the SAMC. "I can go back and motivate those t, " said Gilpin. "Like Audie Murphy said, 'you've got to lead from the front.'"

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