Competing for NCO of the Year puts you on the ‘Fast-track’

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Steve Tressler, 138th Fires Brigade Public Affairs

NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story ….

Kentucky Guardsman Sgt. Nicholas Anglin, 138th Fires Brigade, and wife Shannon stand next to the National Guard Indy two seater race car during an Izod Indy series race event at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky Sept 30. (photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Tressler, 138th Fires Brigade Public Affairs)

SPARTA, Ky. — When you work in the Kentucky National Guard wireless communications shop in Frankfort, you only go as ‘fast’ as the network connection allows you. That is, unless you’re Sgt. Nicholas Anglin, and you’re going 180 mph on the Kentucky Speedway.

Last month, due to hard work and a reputation for getting the job done, Anglin was nominated and then boarded for Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in the 138th Fires Brigade and finished as the Runner-Up. So he took his runner-up finish and his wife Shannon, and headed for the Kentucky Speedway to accept one of the perks of being among one of Kentucky’s NCO’s of the Year.

Anglin was extremely excited when he heard he would get the chance to ride in the National Guard #4 Indy car usually manned by Panther Racing’s driver JR Hildebrand. When asked what was the fastest he had ever gone in a car Anglin replied rather humbled, “not as fast as my wife Shannon has.”

“She admits to going ‘at least 110 mph,” said Shannon.

And what did he do immediately before taking off in the race car? “Pray and then say to the driver, ‘Let’s do it!’” said an excited Anglin.

Anglin is a fan of NASCAR and Stockcar #48 driver Jimmie Johnson.

Anglin joined the Army as a 17-year-old and did so in need of structure and discipline by his own admission.  After being discharged honorably from the active Army at age 22 he stayed out of the military for three years. Then one day it him, “I just missed serving my country and wearing the uniform every day.  I wanted to make a difference” said the now 28-year-old NCO. Nicholas and Shannon have four children and enjoy being a Guard family.  Anglin can now tell his wife Shannon proudly that he has her beat for the top road speed in the Anglin home (and legally)!

Kentucky Guardsman Sgt. Ncholas Anglin, 138th Fires Brigade, races around in a National Guard Indy race car at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., Sept. 30. (photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Tressler, 138th Fires Brigade Public Affairs)

The winner of the 2011 138th Fires Brigade NCO of the Year was Staff Sgt. Joshua Page.

JR Hildebrand, driver of the team’s No. 4 National Guard entry, ran as high as second place in Sunday’s race at the Kentucky Speedway, but was involved in an incident on pit lane that injured a crew member that had surgery at UK hospital Monday. The incident put the National Guard team a lap down. Hildebrand finished in the 20th position.

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