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Sergeant Audie Murphy Club History

The original club started at Fort Hood, Texas early in 1986. There were several key leaders at Fort Hood, Officers, Enlisted members, Civil service, and a Killeen Civilian, who were instrumental in getting this club up and running.

Leading the effort was Lieutenant General Crosbie Saint, the III Corps Commander, his Command Sergeant Major George L. Horvath, III Corps Awards Clerk Jean Crisp, and Don Moore, a Killeen Artist who assisted with designing the logo and club awards.

In 1991, the III Corps Commander Lieutenant General Pete Taylor and Command Sergeant Major Richard B. Cayton expanded the Fort Hood installation club to include all of III Corps. This expansion included Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Carson, Colorado.

In 1993, CSM Cayton was voted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club by Honorary membership and then became the Forces Command Sergeant Major. Shortly thereafter, the club became Forces Command (FORSCOM) wide, including the Reserves and National Guard.

In 1994 at a Sergeant Major of the Army conference, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands with installations retaining the selection process for their own NCOs. In 1998, it was estimated that the club membership ranged over 3000 Soldiers and was steadily increasing.