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    Sergeant Morales Club helping improve community, soldiers

    Sergeant Morales Club members improve community, soldiers

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class John Zumer | Soldiers from the Kaiserslautern-based Sergeant Morales Club wrap Christmas presents...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. John Zumer 

    10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Soldiers helping other soldiers reach their potential is a time-honored military tradition. The small but growing chapter of the Kaiserslautern Sergeant Morales Club, however, prides itself on taking that dedication to fellow comrades one giant step further.

    The club, named after a fictional non-commissioned officer who represents the ideals of soldierly competence, integrity and professionalism, is open to all non-commissioned officers in the Kaiserslautern and surrounding military communities. Its main purpose is to help soldiers personify the highest caliber of Army leadership, which requires an non-commissioned officer to always lead by example.

    “A Sergeant Morales member is an NCO who knows how to lead a soldier. He’s educated, physically fit, and stands out above his peers,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jesus Arellano, the launcher platoon sergeant with Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and the vice president of the club.

    The majority of club members belong to units associated with the Kaiserslautern-based 10th AAMDC, and the organization prides itself on playing an active part in the community. Being an entirely self-funded organization, various community projects often help to provide the resources needed to assist with soldier mentoring and other outreach efforts.

    Recently the club jumped at the chance to not only spread the word about the club, but to share some Yuletide greetings. Knowing the last thing on the minds of many people is to wrap presents after an exhausting day of shopping, the club offered its gift wrapping services to the masses at the KMC Ramstein shopping mall. Donations were happily accepted, and will be used to fund upcoming events and professional development.

    “We wanted to make sure we provided a free service to the community,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Angela Rotondo, the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear non-commissioned officer for 5-7 ADA.

    She also doubles as the club president, and cited her primary reasons for being involved were the volunteer opportunities and getting to be a part of “exceptional NCO leadership.”

    Other community projects underway include a food and toy drive for those less fortunate in the KMC.

    The SMC meets the first working Monday of each month, U.S. Army Europe holidays excluded, at Kleber Kaserne. All interested non-commissioned officers are welcome to join and may contact any member or officer for more information. Starting in January, study groups will be held offering prospective members the chance to brush up on subjects like weapons and leadership that may surface among Sergeant Morales board questions. Another highlight for the club in 2013 will be the opportunity to host the USAREUR conference of SMC chapters in early April.

    A Facebook website is presently under construction, said Rotondo, who added that anyone with questions regarding membership or other matters is encouraged to send them to the club’s e-mail address at

    For Arellano, club membership boils down to a single, powerful reason.

    “It’s about using all the skills you have and putting them back into your unit and community,” he said.



    Date Taken: 12.05.2012
    Date Posted: 12.05.2012 05:56
    Story ID: 98761

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