KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The 21st Theater Sustainment Command welcomed its newest member into the Sgt. Morales Club during a ceremony on Panzer Kaserne Dec 4.
Sgt. 1st Class Justin Puls, a career counselor with the 21st TSC, was inducted into the prestigious organization and received the coveted Sgt. Morales Club medallion and membership card from Maj. Gen. John R. O’Connor, the commanding general of the 21st TSC.
“On behalf of all the great soldiers out there, thank you,” O’Connor told Puls during the induction ceremony. “Thank you for your leadership and thank you for your passion for wanting to serve and to make this Army better.”
“You serve as inspiration to those around you,” added O’Connor. “I couldn’t ask for a better noncommissioned officer doing what he loves to do. “
The prestigious organization, which embraces the same attributes as the Army’s Sgt. Audie Murphy Club for U.S. Army Europe soldiers, promotes the highest ideals of integrity, professionalism and leadership for the enlisted force serving in Europe.
Puls credited soldiers, leaders and colleagues for laying the groundwork for his success.
“I feel fortunate to have such a solid foundation of leaders here who have enabled me to accomplish this,” said Puls, a Miami native. “Although I'm the one receiving the accolades for this achievement, what having the medallion put around my neck truly represents is what they have invested in me and our shared commitment to excellence.”
Induction into the club takes hard work and a long track-record of professionalism and leadership characterized by a personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of soldiers.
“We are looking for highly motivated noncommissioned officers who personify the ‘Be, Know and Do’ of Army leadership,” said Puls. “Members of the Sgt. Morales Club realize this is an ongoing process, but the key take away is the desire to progress, the willingness to endure the process of selection and the fortitude to see where you measure up amongst your peers in this profession of arms.”
Soldiers seeking induction into the organization should begin by “mastering the fundamentals of soldiering and have a sincere desire to accept a challenge,” said Puls. “Sgt. Morales members within the formation will guide soldiers the rest of the way.”
According to organizers, members of the Sgt. Morales Club exemplify what every NCO should strive to be.
“I believe the difference between being a good NCO and a great NCO is a steadfast dedication to your soldiers, the unit and the Army,” said Puls. Soldiers should “accept that there is always room for improvement, and if you don't like something in your unit step up and be that change for the better.”
“Our job as leaders is to cultivate talent in our future leaders and be the light that guides them on the path of their careers,” Puls concluded.