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From left, U. S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Voight, center, 109th Regional Support Group, South Dakota Army National Guard, is named the 2019 SDARNG Non-commissioned Officer of the Yearreceiving the award from Brig. Gen. Michael Oster and Command Sgt. Maj.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brandon Julson
From left, U. S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Voight, center, 109th Regional Support Group, South Dakota Army National Guard, is named the 2019 SDARNG Non-commissioned Officer of the Yearreceiving the award from Brig. Gen. Michael Oster and Command Sgt. Maj.

SD Army National Guard names Soldier, NCO of the Year


Pfc. Alexis Stevens - 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment - September 25, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Army National Guard selected four enlisted Soldiers and six non-commissioned officers to compete in the state's Best Warrior Competition in Sturgis and Rapid City earlier in September, to identify the next Soldier and Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

At the conclusion of the three-day competition, two individuals were named victors. Sgt. 1st Class Brian Voight, 109th Regional Support Group, was named the SDARNG's Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Dominick Schoeberl, 235th Military Police Company, was named the SDARNG Soldier of the Year.

"The Best Warrior Competition is a phenomenal event," said Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Couser, senior enlisted leader for the South Dakota National Guard. "We have the best warriors from across the state competing against each other for two and a half days, with the best Soldiers at the end prevailing."

The BWC challenges Soldiers academically, mentally, physically and technically using multiple tasks focused on key areas. "It was very demanding physically and as difficult as I thought it was going to be," said Voight. "But the guys I participated with were excellent and it was enjoyable overall."

The Army Combat Fitness Test is set to replace the Army Physical Fitness Test within the next year and the competitors experienced how challenging the new test will be. "The Soldiers are put in a position where they're up early and staying up late," said Couser. "It keeps them on their toes, makes them think and gets them sharp."

Voight and Schoeberl will advance to the Region 6 Best Warrior Competition, which is scheduled to be held in May 2020 in South Dakota. They will face competitors from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

The competition and the training involved preparing for it provides the competitors not only with the opportunity to improve themselves, but also to improve their peers and subordinates as well. "It gives me a better sense of a baseline of where Soldiers should be in their training," said Voight



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