The City of Lawton celebrates latest Audie Murphy Club inductee on Fort Sill

Barnett inducted into Audie Murphy

Photo courtesy: Christopher Wilson, Fort Sill and Fires Center of Excellence, Public Affairs

Published August 3, 2022

The Fires Center of Excellence and Redleg Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) welcomed Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Barnett into the prestigious club at an induction ceremony Friday, July 29.

Barnett began her Army career at Fort Sill in 2011 and since then, excelled in many roles to include team leader, squad leader, and battalion chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer in charge.

She also earned the title of Fort Sill’s Drill Sergeant of the Year (DSOY) just six weeks ago.

“I think [these are] huge accomplishments for myself,” Barnett said, regarding her induction into the SAMC and winning DSOY. “I take them very personally, because this is all for the Soldiers.”

Lawton City Manager Michael Cleghorn attended the induction ceremony on Fort Sill and praised Barnett on this monumental achievement.

“Those who are added to the ranks of such a revered club represent what is best about the United States Military and what Audie Murphy represented,” Cleghorn said. “We congratulate Sgt. 1st Class Barnett on her induction. The process to be selected is difficult but is intended to recognize the best of the best.”

Named after Sergeant Audie Murphy – a World War II hero, movie actor, country and western song writer and poet – the SAMC is a nonprofit, private organization consisting of the top two percent of noncommissioned officers into respective chapters across Army installations. Members are selected via demonstrated leadership, professionalism and overall military knowledge.


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