A squad leader with limited command of English and a lack of formal education, Sgt. Morales, proved to be an outstanding leader by showing a deep interest in the well-being of his Soldiers. This is the story of the fictional role model that the Sgt. Morales Club follows by recognizing and rewarding NCOs with an extraordinary leadership potential and special commitment to the community.
The Wiesbaden Sgt. Morales Club encourages community members to become involved and enhance their leadership abilities. Everybody can be a volunteer, and the best performing NCOs can become members.
The process of becoming a member is not easy. “First of all, to become a member you have to be nominated,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston, who is an honorary member of the club.
Many people support the club by volunteering with the hope of being nominated, he said. After the nomination, potential members have to go through various boards, which takes time and preparation.
During an induction ceremony Feb. 6 on Clay Kaserne, Staff Sgt. Matthew Williams became a member and Sgt. Maj. Dianne Ellwein an honorary member of the club. Both were recognized for their commitment to the community and their leadership qualities.
“It’s very rewarding to get identified for doing something good,” Williams said. “Growing up I wouldn’t have believed I’d be here.”
Being a member of the club is a door opener, Ellwein said. “When we try to excel, people notice that, when you go above and beyond … It is just a way of promoting the Army and being a good ambassador for the Army.”
Williams, who has just been selected for drill sergeant school, values the guidance by senior leaders. “To become a better leader you have to surround yourself with people who are successful,” he said.
People who are interested in getting involved can contact Ellwein (firstname.lastname@example.org), Williams (email@example.com) or Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wyatt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The club meets every third Thursday at noon at the Strong Europe Café dining facility. Study groups meet every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Bldg. 1025 on Clay Kaserne to prepare for a possible nomination. Everybody is welcome to join the club on both occasions.