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Army's Soldiers of Year Compete

May 2, 2005 — The Virgin Islands National Guard is hosting the First U.S. Army South Army National Guard Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Competition and Awards Banquet on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7. Over fifty visitors will represent eight states and territories.
"This historic and prestigious event is highly competitive and we are honored to host it in the Virgin Islands," said State Command Sergeant Major Barry Fredericks. "These soldiers worked real hard to represent their states in this competition. This competition is tough."
Soldiers will compete in the three event physical test, common tasks, essay writing, weapon maintenance, land navigation through the hills on the eastern end of the island, wearing of the uniform and personal appearance in front of a board of State Command Sergeant Majors.
Guardsmen from Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and the Virgin Islands will represent the Southern Region.
Specialist Zurah Joseph of the 786th Quartermaster Battalion of St. Thomas has been selected by a territorial board of judges as the Virgin Islands' Soldier of the Year for his professionalism, competency and soldiering skills. He is an intelligence analyst and a graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.
Past competitors representing the Virgin Islands abroad are former Specialist, now an officer, Cutie Jackson, First Sergeant Nancy Camacho, Master Sergeant Mona Barnes, retired Sergeant First Class Wayne Noel, Sergeants First Class Wanda Williams and Patrick Farrell, Staff Sergeant Seanna Hughes, Sergeants Myra Muller, James Gaston and Specialist Germaine Gumbs.
The Virgin Islands National Guard Enlisted Association will host an award banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Divi Carina Bay Resort.
The community, former guard members and retirees are invited to support this historical event. Dress is formal military or civilian attire. The banquet fee is $35 per person. R.S.V.P. Master Sergeant Hollis no later than Thursday May 5 at 712-7753.
For more information call Sergeant First Class Karen D. Williams at 712-7750.

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