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SD Army National Guard names Soldier, NCO of the Year


YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Army National Guard brought four enlisted Soldiers and four non-commissioned officers to Yankton, April 20-22, to compete in the state's Best Warrior Competition, which names the Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, respectively.

After the three-day competition, Staff Sgt. Shane Wilkinson, with Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, was named the 2017 SDARNG Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Lucas Scott, 842nd Engineer Company, the SDARNG Soldier of the Year.

"The importance of this event is readiness," said State Command Sgt. Maj. James Hoekman, the SDNG's senior enlisted leader. "Everything we do in the National Guard is to support our two missions, which is to have a ready force to engage, fight, and win our nation's wars, and to be ready to perform our state mission when called upon."

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