Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Inducts 5th Armored Brigade Reservist

By Sgt. 1st Class Gina R. Nieto, 2nd Battalion, Division West

FORT BLISS, Texas – Staff Sgt. Fernando Terrazas, an observer-coach/trainer, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 363rd Armored Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, was the second Reserve Soldier to be inducted into the Fort Bliss Chapter, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, recently.

During the 4th Quarter FY 2013, out of the eight reserve noncommissioned officers ranging from sergeant to master sergeant, Terrazas was the only one that was inducted.

“All board members at brigade and division levels were surprised when they found out I was a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier,” said Terrazas. “All components of the U.S. Army have the same uniform, traditions, warrior task and battle drills, and most important, one standard – The Army Standard – so with the right mentality and flawless execution any Soldier can do it.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Kelley, former Fort Bliss and 1st Armor Division command sergeant major, congratulates Staff Sgt. Fernando Terrazas, 2nd Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Black Scorpion, 5th Armored Brigade, on his induction into the Fort Bliss Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club recently at Fort Bliss, Texas. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class David Parish, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

Candidates for the SAMC spent numerous hours committing themselves in preparing for the board proceedings. Being a member of the SAMC is about being a strong disciplined leader that positively represents the U.S. Army.

“Becoming a member of this prestigious and elite NCO organization was without a doubt the most difficult task I have encountered in my career. It took every bit of my patience, technical and tactical competence, professionalism and overall military knowledge,” said Terrazas. “After it was all said and done, it is the most rewarding experience any NCO can go through.”

Terrazas committed and dedicated a lot of his time to prepare for the SAMC that it even took him away from spending time with his family.

When asked what inspired him to become a member of the SAMC, Terrazas responded that his greatest inspiration is his Family.

“Everything I do is with them in mind, they have supported me unconditionally and stood by my side every step of the way,” said Terrazas. “I will always do my best to excel in my military career; after all they are my #1 fans.”

Terrazas continued to explain that the great leaders he has came in contact with in his current unit makes it easier for him to accomplish all of his goals. Soon, Terrazas will hit 13 years in the Army and will continue to contribute great leadership and commit his time to help others that are interested in becoming a member of the SAMC.

By Sgt. 1st Class Gina R. Nieto, 2nd Battalion, Division West