Father and daughter recognized for excellence

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Father and daughter recognized for excellence

by: Chip Steitz, PAO | .
10th Regional Support Group | .
published: March 20, 2013

Chief of Staff, Gen Raymond T. Odierno, reminds each of us regarding the importance and significance of our families and the work we do to preserve the freedoms and liberties we cherish as a nation. “The strength of our Nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our families. That is what makes us Army strong. Be proud of that. Army Strong! “

Last week I had the distinct honor to observe, Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Campos inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club followed later on that same day by watching his daughter, Mercedez Campos being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. 

The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is a private U.S. Army organization for enlisted non-commissioned officers (NCO). World War II hero, Audie Murphy received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 for his bravery and courage. After the war, he became a Hollywood celebrity with roles in films; To Hell and Back (1955), The Red Badge of Courage (1951) and The Quiet American (1958). He died in 1971 in a plane crash and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Becoming a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club requires an incredible amount of skill, dedication and commitment. SAMC truly represents the best of best. Applicants compete in a rigorous series of physical and intellectual programs and activities including oral and written exams throughout the process.

For Mercedez, becoming a member in the National Junior Honors Society was no easy task. It requires a solid commitment from beginning to end and a hard or work smart attitude. The NJHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. 

“I was really overwhelmed when I was asked to submit my packet for selection into such an elite society. My mother always pushes me to do my best in school, so being able to show her that I was accepted into the Honor Society made me happy. I know it made her happy and proud of me," said Mercedez.

Her father, Jesse went onto explain the impact of his daughter being inducted into NJHS. “As a father I was proud that Mercedez was asked to be a member of NJHS. She has always excelled academically and this just proved that all her hard work and dedication paid off.”