Army National Guard
Sampa, who joined in 1987, is the first African American command sergeant major of the Army National Guard and first African American command senior enlisted leader of the Texas Military Department. His military occupational specialty is combat tank armored crewman, and he deployed to Bosnia and twice to Iraq. "Hopefully, during this observance, many African Americans and other minorities are motivated and encouraged to take advantage of opportunities that are presented to them, and seek out those that are not openly presented to them, so that they, too, can have a fruitful and productive life and career. I want others to be as legendary as many other African American legends before me."