USAR musician receives SAMC honor

By SGT Benjamin Garnett
100th Army Band

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Photo credit: SPC Lee Clements
Staff Sgt Tyler Myers warms up on his saxophone during a rehearsal. Myers was recently inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club at the 81st Regional Support Command dining out on November 5, 2011.
It started with only a couple of weeks’ prep time, and it ended with a recitation of the NCO creed while in the front-leaning rest position. However, it is an event that will only happen once in the life of Staff Sergeant Tyler Myers: induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

SSG Myers is a saxophone player for the 100th Army Band, Fort Knox KY. He’s also a Combatives Instructor, and one of the band’s Training NCOs. In November, he travelled to the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson to receive his Audie Murphy Medallion, which he will be eligible to wear on his dress uniform for the rest of his military career.

“I must've looked like a crazy person pacing around in the airport reciting lines back to myself over and over again,” said Myers, recalling the night before he began his competition. Myers and First Sergeant Matt Labarbara, who accompanied Myers to Fort Jackson for the competition, had to endure unexpected obstacles, such as delayed flights and very little sleep before the two day competition began.

“The 100th Army Band is proud to have a Soldier selected for such a prestigious honor,” said Labarbara.

The competition includes events such as a physical fitness test, M16 rifle qualification, land navigation, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear knowledge as well as first aid tasks. These events are all squeezed into a single day.

The second day is comprised of evaluation boards in front of senior NCOs, for which Myers was required to memorize the NCO Creed, the official biography of Sergeant Audie Murphy, and topics from the Army study guide ranging from Quality of Life Programs to Battle Focused Training.

“While studying the board material, I was also working out nearly every day to ensure that my PT score was high.”

At several points during his board evaluation, the board members attempted to “throw him off” by interrupting Myers in the middle of recitations, asking random questions, and even asking Myers to assume the front leaning rest position while reciting the NCO creed, and again during the recitation of the Sergeant Audie Murphy biography.

“It was pretty crazy,” remembers Sergeant First Class Ben Rademaker, who acted as SSG Myers’ sponsor to the event. “He kept his cool the whole time, didn’t get thrown off, and answered just about everything they asked him.”

"I have to say," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Wills during the induction ceremony, "I was thoroughly impressed with this young NCO. No matter what we did, he never lost his composure."

Entry into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an honor reserved exclusively for United States Army Non-Commissioned Officers. FORSCOM Regulation 600-8, paragraph 1, states that members of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club must "...exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development, and welfare of Soldiers and concern for families of Soldiers (FORSCOM Reg. 600-8, paragraph 1)."

November has been a busy month for SSG Myers. In addition to his induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, he was promoted to his current rank. He resides in Lexington, KY with his wife Rebecca.

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