In a ceremony held June 12, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command named Spc. Michael Engelsgjerd, an infantryman from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, its 2009 "Soldier of the Year."
The announcement was made upon completion of USASOC's 2009 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Competition.
Sgt. Lucas Miller, a Special Forces medical sergeant from ODA 1235, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Lewis, WA., was chosen as the NCO of the year.
Both men will represent USASOC in the Department of the Army competition at Fort Lee, Va., later this year.
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According to the USASOC press release: "The competitors faced a 3-day-long challenge testing both their mental and physical capabilities. The event began with a physical fitness test, followed by rifle marksmanship qualification, and day and night land navigation courses. On the second day, the contestants’ skills were tested with common tasks ranging from calling indirect fire to treating a casualty on the battlefield. The final day of competition consisted of an oral board made up of each command sergeant major from the major subordinate units of USASOC."