The Fort Stewart Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club sponsored a Class A uniform collection drive throughout the month of January. Altogether they collected nearly 100 full uniforms, 52 male long-sleeved shirts, 55 male short-sleeved shirts, 30 female long-sleeved shirts, 48 female short-sleeved shirts, 33 skirts, along with a number of miscellaneous items such as ties, shoes and hats.
The idea of collecting uniforms for schools came up during a visit to Richmond Hill High School when CSM Bradley, one of the Army Instructors, noted that since the U.S. Army had switched to the new Army Service Uniform, they could use our old green uniforms for the students.
Because Groves High School’s JROTC Department has grown in popularity this year to the point they now have more than 275 cadets (up from 170), one of our Groves parents, First Sgt. Hughes, suggested that Groves High be included in the donation. The club decided to split the delivery between Bradwell Institute, Richmond Hill High School, and Groves High School. On February 21, 2012, members of the Addie Murphy Club delivered Class A uniforms (dress greens) to the Groves High School JROTC for the students that had been unable to receive one previously. This partnership between the military in this area and Groves High School has been a beautiful experience and is truly appreciated.
The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club began at Fort Hood, Texas in early 1986. It consists of elite noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who have demonstrated performance and inherent leadership qualities and abilities characterized by those of Sergeant Audie Murphy, who was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II.