In one month’s time, the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ will host the 10th Annual Sergeant Nutter 5K Run. This event is operated by the Sergeant Samuel Nutter Organization (SSNO) in memory of the late SGT Samuel Nutter to benefit the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States; these guardians who voluntarily serve the People of the United States represent less than 1% of the US population. Within this distinguished group of men and women, there are veterans who have suffered both hardships and personal loss as a result of their willingness to risk their lives to safeguard our liberties and to defend the vital interests of the United States. With more than a decade of war since the infamous September 11th Attacks, we at the SSNO are asking the remaining 99% of the US population to come to the aid of our veterans to defend them from the ravages of war, lest our dead will have died in vain.
On Saturday, 10 May 2014, we welcome all Americans, especially the residents of New Jersey, to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen by participating in the 10th Annual Sergeant Nutter 5K Run. In fact, both of this year’s beneficiaries are residents of the State of New Jersey.
While SGT Raymond Royce of the 508th Military Police Company out of Teaneck, NJ was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, he lost most of his personal property during New Jersey’s worst natural disaster, Super Storm Sandy. Also while on deployment, SGT Royce was notified that one of his daughters required a life saving surgery to combat the MRSA she contracted. Though SGT Royce was given the opportunity to return home to the remnants of his home and to be at his daughter’s side while she recovered,
SGT Royce placed the needs of many before his own and remained committed to his unit’s mission. The SSNO seeks to alleviate SGT Royce of the cost of having to rebuild from the storm and to alleviate the cost of his daughter’s medical expenses in honor of his selfless service to the United States.
While on patrol in Afghanistan on 08 February 2014, SGT Aaron Alonso of the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment, and resident of Jefferson, NJ, triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), suffering from massive trauma which required the amputation of both of his legs. Miraculously, SGT Alonso survived the attack. Since that terrible day for SGT Alonso and his family, scores of New Jersey residents have been organizing to support this Marine, remembering that we never leave a fallen comrade. The SSNO seeks to contribute the largest portion of this year’s proceeds to SGT Alonso and his family in honor of his personal courage and in honor of his family’s bravery for supporting SGT Alonso during the most difficult fight of his life.
On behalf of the Sergeant Samuel Nutter Organization, I implore you to consider taking action to support this Soldier and this Marine, during a time when they both need the support of our communities the most. You may choose to run in this year’s race, you may choose to donate any amount of your personal wealth, or you may choose to volunteer to help this year’s race operations. Whatever you choose to do, please choose to take action in honor of SGT Royce’s selfless service, in honor of SGT Alonso’s personal courage, and in memory of SGT Nutter’s legacy, during this year’s 10th Annual Sergeant Nutter 5K Run.
JONATHAN V. SALAMON Chairman,
The 10th Annual SGT Nutter Run Memorial 5K Run, presented by the New Jersey Army National Guard Officer Candidate School will be held on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in memory of SGT Sam Nutter (January 28, 1966 - January 2, 2005). All proceeds raised are donated to New Jersey Army National Guard families in need.
"A good leader must sometimes be stubborn. Armed with the courage of his convictions, he must often fight to defend them. When he has come to a decision after thorough analysis - and when he is sure he is right - he must stick to it, even to the point of stubbornness."GENERAL OMAR N. BRADLEY
Officer Candidate School (OCS) is an intense leadership training ground. It is physically and mentally challenging, and not everyone is cut out for it. But those who are accepted, and make it through, agree it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. It takes a special person with special abilities. One who is mentally and physically prepared to face the constant challenge of command. Whether they are a first-time Soldier or have prior military experience. OCS transforms Soldiers into an effective leader.
Sergeant Samuel Nutter was born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky on January 28, 1966. SGT Nutter was raised in Kentucky and later moved to New Jersey where he attending high school. SGT Nutter enjoyed all sports, participating in martial arts, football and track and field. SGT Nutter lettered in several sports while attending Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. After 4 successful footbal seasons as a running back at Ridge High, SGT Nutter was accepted to the US Military Academy at West Point on football scholarship. He reported to football camp his freshman year, but after sustaining a foot injury, he decided to leave West Point Military Academy. However, he continued his education at the University of Miami, Ohio, receiving his bachelor's degree in business in 1988.
After graduating from Miami of Ohio, SGT Nutter entered the Navy and served as a demolition expert and a diver in the Explosive Ordinance Detonate (EOD) unit, attached to a Navy SEAL team. SGT Nutter attended and excelled in some of the most difficult schools the US Military offers, graduating from: EOD Apprentice Diver School, Scuba Diver School, Operations and Specialist "A" School. SGT Nutter possessed a skill set that was highly desired after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He was activated to serve from the Naval Reserve and assigned to a SEAL team for two weeks. SGT Nutter's awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Battle Commendation and National Defense Service Medal.
SGT Nutter's call up for Naval duty after 9/11 and his love for the military prompted his decision to reenter the service as an Officer Candidate enlistment option and he was assigned to the Officer Candidate School at the 254th Regiment in Sea Girt, NJ. During SGT Nutter's enrollment in the OCS program, he was informed of his terminal illness. After being informed of his illness, SGT Nutter decided to not give and stuck with the program.
SGT Nutter will always be remebered as being head and shoulders above the rest of his fellow officer candidates and was always the first one to lend a helping hand. Unfortunately, SGT Nutter passed away before finishing the program. SGT Nutter left behind a wife and three children and touched the lives of many. He was a humble man that served his country and will always be remembered by the Officer Candidate Program of New Jersey and his name lives on through this nonprofit organization.
Sergeant Michael Suplee is a member of the NJ Army National Guard and has served for the past eleven years; a former Marine of five years and currently, six years as a National Guardsman. SGT Suplee's wife, Shanon, was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. The disease and its strenuous treatments have made it impossible for her to work. Five years later in 2007, SGT Suplee was diagnosed with a form of cancer, spreading through his body, requiring him to undergo seeral operations. Several of the operations were not successful and complicated his condition, requiring him to undergo furthere medical treatments. Despite rising medical bills, and an un-ending series of hospital visits, the Suplee's were blessed with a baby girl in 2009. Now, SGT Suplee finds himself in the difficult position of having to work, take care of his wife and daughter, and payoff mounting medical bills. OCS Class 54 has selected Sergeant Suplee to be this year's beneficiary for the Seventh Annual Nutter Run 2011. Please show your support by participating in the 2011 Nutter Run.
2LT John Stadelman served in the New Jersey Army National Guard, and was a graduate of OCS Class #47. Unfortunately, 2LT Stadelman lost his fight with brain cancer on July 9, 2009. Before 2LT Stadelman passed, he was an investigative detective for the state of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and was assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Newark. Prior to working for Homeland Security, 2LT Stadelman worked for the Bridgewater Police Department. Only a few months after he passed, John's wife Elena gave birth to their twins.
The Aponte residence was struck by lightning during a storm in 2008 and caught fire, leaving them without a permanent residence and under heavy financial burden since their misfortune. SGT Aponte deployed with the 50th IBCT to Iraq from 2008 - 2009.
This year, the New Jersey Army National Guard Officer Candidate School's 51st class has determined that the beneficiary for the SGT Nutter Run of 2008 will be Dina Hickman, daughter of Command Seargeant Major Timothy Marvian. Dina was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type I at the age of 6 months. The condition is genetic and some of the symptoms presnted in Dina include cafe-au-lait spots, learning disabilities, mild physical defects, as well as tumors. Adding to the family's hardships, CSM Marvian will deploy soon with the 2-102nd RSTA (Cavalry) to Iraq.
The SGT Nutter Run of 2007 was organized in May of that year to the aid of Caitlyn McGuire the daughter of New Jersey Army National Guardsman, SPC Robert McGuire and the granddaughter of another New Jersey National Guardsman, CW2 Mickey McGuire. Gaitlyn is currently putting on a brave face as she battles cancer.
The beneficiary for the SGT Nutter Run was Ashleigh Ryann Gwinn. Ashleigh is the daughter of 1LT Howard and Michelle Gwin. 1LT Gwin was assigned to C Troop, 5/117th GAV and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. June 2003, Ashleigh was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, an inherited neurodegerative lysosomal enzyme disorder affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems. Toxic substances ar produced in the brain, causing myelin loss, changes in the cells and neurological damage. Ashleigh had received chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Unfortunately, we lost Ashleigh to her difficult battle to Krabbe disease on November 29, 2007. Hermemory remains an inspiration to us all at the 254th CA Regiment and our thoughts and prayers remain with her family always.
The SGT Nutter Organization, Inc. (SSNO, Inc.) is a registered, non-profit organization and 100% of proceeds raised are donated to New Jersey Army National Guard families in need.