Yesterday the Army named Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougal Non-commissioned Officer, or NCO, of the Year and Sgt. Sherri Gallagher Soldier of the Year for 2010.
Gallagher, a motor transportation operator assigned to TRADOC's Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, Ga., is the first female to earn the honor. McDougall, a military policeman stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, is a decorated combat veteran of Iraq.
The Army selects its Soldier and NCO of the Year through the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition each October, which tests soldiering skills among nominees from 12 Army commands. The competition is in its ninth year.
The winners were announced by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual awards banquet on Oct. 25.
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(Photo: Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Soldier of the Year Sgt. Sherri Gallagher, NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougall, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston at this year's AUSA awards banquet. U.S. Army photo by Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown.)