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Minn. National Guard soldier, NCO selected

Posted: April 26, 2011 - 4:13pm

innesota National Guard Sgt Justin Johnson, 347th Regional  Support Group, took aim at his target while completing the rifle  qualification portion of the Minnesota National Guard 2011 Soldier and  Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition on April 14 at Camp  Ripley
Minnesota National Guard Sgt Justin Johnson, 347th Regional Support Group, took aim at his target while completing the rifle qualification portion of the Minnesota National Guard 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition on April 14 at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY — After an intense four-day competition, the 2011 Minnesota National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year have been selected

Spc Daniel Lodermeier, 347th Regional Support Group, has been selected as the Soldier of the Year and Sgt James Newman, Camp Ripley Training Support Unit, has been selected at the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 

The competition at Camp Ripley began April 14 Soldiers started with the Army physical fitness test Other activities that day included a written essay and a class on Army combatives

The next day, competitors put their newly acquired skills from the night before to use in the first event of the day — a combatives tournament This was followed by land navigation in which competitors were given a map, compass and five points they had to find in the woods of Camp Ripley 

Competitors also had Army warrior tasks, which tested their knowledge in five events, including three weapon systems, a medical task and a radio system The day concluded with more land navigation, much like the earlier daylight land navigation, but with the added difficulty of Camp Ripley at night and Minnesota spring weather — cold and snow

Competition also included a 12-mile ruck-march in which they carried 30 pounds in their packs and wore body armor and other gear Some of the competitors were carrying about 75 pounds Also included was the Army’s Combat Water Survival Course at St Johns University

During the final day, competitors appeared before a board of command sergeants major wearing their Class A uniforms and answering a variety of questions

Newman and Lodermeier will move on to the next level of the competition, representing the Minnesota National Guard at the regional competition in May at Camp Dodge, Iowa

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