Northern Kentucky University star enlists into Kentucky National Guard

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Story by: Spc. Adrian D. Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

photo by: Sgt. Robert S. Bell, 2/75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion

Kentucky Guardsman Spc. Adam Stoppelwerth is a two time cross country champion at Northern Kentucky University.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2011) – Kentucky National Guardsman Adam Stoppelwerth has traded his track shoes for combat boots.

The Northern Kentucky University alumni won’t have a problem with his first Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Jackson, S.C.   After all, he led the schools cross country team to the NCAA Division 2A National Championships in 2006 and 2007 for the first time in 27 years.

Stoppelwerth, a graduate of NKU with a bachelor’s in history, is a goal setter. He hopes to make it to the top of his Basic and Advanced Individualized Training class.

Stoppelwerth is no stranger to being at the top. He holds the NKU record for the 3,000-meter Steeple Chase.

He also holds the second place record for the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:55. In his overall career at NKU, he won 12 NCAA Division 2A races.

Sgt. Robert Bell, Stoppelwerth’s recruiter said he was excited to recruit a star athlete into the Kentucky Guard.

“I am very proud of all of my Soldiers and look forward to helping them realize their dreams,” he said.

“This young man is a very special one, I feel it deep down inside. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of his life and to have helped him map out his future in the Kentucky Army National Guard.”

 

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