Soldier of the Year Archive

  • By Spc. Alan Royalty, 101st Main Command Post-Operational Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freezing rain, a grueling 12-mile ruck march and intense obstacle courses are just a few of the many trials Pfc. Catherine Zembrodt endured during a four-day competition before she was awarded the title of 2018 Kentucky National Guard Soldier of the Year. Zembrodt, a native of Northern Kentucky and assigned to the Main Command Post Operational Detachment (MCPOD), 101st Airborne Division, earned the highly coveted title on Oct. 28 during the Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky. She is the third female […]

    Competition prepares Soldier of the Year for deployment

    By Spc. Alan Royalty, 101st Main Command Post-Operational Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freezing rain, a grueling 12-mile ruck march and intense obstacle courses are just a few of the many trials Pfc. Catherine Zembrodt endured during a four-day competition before she was awarded the title of 2018 Kentucky National Guard Soldier of the Year. Zembrodt, a native of Northern Kentucky and assigned to the Main Command Post Operational Detachment (MCPOD), 101st Airborne Division, earned the highly coveted title on Oct. 28 during the Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky. She is the third female […]

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  • By Sgt. Maggie Booker, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2017 Kentucky Army and Air National Guard’s Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year were honored during an awards presentation March 4, in Louisville, Kentucky. “This (award ceremony) validates the efforts we put in for our family, friends, and support systems,” said Master Sgt. Jason Sanderson, Aircraft Maintenance Flight Chief with the 123rd Contingency Response Group, 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard. Sanderson was selected as the Kentucky Air National Guard Outstanding Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the year. He has been mobilized to five countries in […]

    Kentucky honors best Soldiers, Airmen of the year

    By Sgt. Maggie Booker, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2017 Kentucky Army and Air National Guard’s Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year were honored during an awards presentation March 4, in Louisville, Kentucky. “This (award ceremony) validates the efforts we put in for our family, friends, and support systems,” said Master Sgt. Jason Sanderson, Aircraft Maintenance Flight Chief with the 123rd Contingency Response Group, 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard. Sanderson was selected as the Kentucky Air National Guard Outstanding Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the year. He has been mobilized to five countries in […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — In a competition there is one thing that is certain: only one winner will prevail. The Kentucky National Guard’s 2016 Best Warrior competition is no different. Only one Soldier, NCO and Senior NCO is named with the top honor at the conclusion of the strenuous three-day competition. A gauntlet that puts the NBC-hit American Ninja Warrior TV competition to shame. But as the leaders who competed and supported the competition learned, one person may come out on top, the Kentucky National Guard is one team. “I […]

    Warrior Ethos runs deep in Best Warrior

    By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — In a competition there is one thing that is certain: only one winner will prevail. The Kentucky National Guard’s 2016 Best Warrior competition is no different. Only one Soldier, NCO and Senior NCO is named with the top honor at the conclusion of the strenuous three-day competition. A gauntlet that puts the NBC-hit American Ninja Warrior TV competition to shame. But as the leaders who competed and supported the competition learned, one person may come out on top, the Kentucky National Guard is one team. “I […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard has named the 2016 Soldier, Noncommissioned Officer and Senior NCO of the year for the Commonwealth: Soldier of the Year: Spc. Jacob Heath, a medic assigned to Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry NCO of the Year: Sgt. Christopher Jones, an infantryman assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Senior NCO of the Year: 1st Sgt. Josh Baker, first sergeant with the 299th Chemical Company The three Guardsmen received ribbons and trophies in a brief awards ceremony Nov. […]

    Earning the title “Best Warrior”

    By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard has named the 2016 Soldier, Noncommissioned Officer and Senior NCO of the year for the Commonwealth: Soldier of the Year: Spc. Jacob Heath, a medic assigned to Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry NCO of the Year: Sgt. Christopher Jones, an infantryman assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Senior NCO of the Year: 1st Sgt. Josh Baker, first sergeant with the 299th Chemical Company The three Guardsmen received ribbons and trophies in a brief awards ceremony Nov. […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – “The Full-Soldier Concept.” This was the theme behind the 2015 Kentucky National Guard Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer Best Warrior Competition. The four-day competition, held Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, 2014, at Wendall H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, saw the top Soldiers from the state’s six major commands vie for a shot at the regional competition. But this crucible was not for the faint-hearted. Competitors were challenged in a series of events meant to test their mental, physical and emotional limits. Even […]

    Best warrior event stresses full-Soldier concept

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – “The Full-Soldier Concept.” This was the theme behind the 2015 Kentucky National Guard Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer Best Warrior Competition. The four-day competition, held Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, 2014, at Wendall H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, saw the top Soldiers from the state’s six major commands vie for a shot at the regional competition. But this crucible was not for the faint-hearted. Competitors were challenged in a series of events meant to test their mental, physical and emotional limits. Even […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — Many basic Soldier skills are not always your everyday tasks; fieldstripping an M-16, searching a detainee, details of drill and ceremony. This knowledge is part of what should be in every Soldier’s toolbox and to a select few each year, these tasks become a competition.  All combined, the proficiency of such tasks, along with marksmanship and physical fitness, push some to become the best of the best. On the track, at the range and in the fields of the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, 14 […]

    Soldier of year competition gets “back to basics”

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — Many basic Soldier skills are not always your everyday tasks; fieldstripping an M-16, searching a detainee, details of drill and ceremony. This knowledge is part of what should be in every Soldier’s toolbox and to a select few each year, these tasks become a competition.  All combined, the proficiency of such tasks, along with marksmanship and physical fitness, push some to become the best of the best. On the track, at the range and in the fields of the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, 14 […]

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