• Staff Sgt. James Harris checks his map as he starts the land navigation portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Fort Carson, Colo.

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    Staff Sgt. James Harris checks his map as he starts the land navigation portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Fort Carson, Colo.

  • After a weeklong competition, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command 2010 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year were announced during a ceremony, June 11. From left to right, USASMDC/ARSTRAT Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph C. Borja, 2010 USASMDC/ARSTRAT Noncommissioned Officer of the Year - Staff Sgt. James Harris, 2010 USASMDC/ARSTRAT Soldier of the Year - Spec. Matthew R. McLeod, and USASMDC/ARSTRAT Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Kurt Story.

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    After a weeklong competition, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command 2010 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year were announced during a ceremony, June 11. From left to right, USASMDC/ARSTRAT Command Sgt...

  • Staff Sgt. James Harris, a Redding, Calif., native, pushes through the two-mile run during the Army Physical Fitness Test portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

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    Staff Sgt. James Harris, a Redding, Calif., native, pushes through the two-mile run during the Army Physical Fitness Test portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

  • Spec. Matthew R. McLeod, a Freemont, Calif., native, works hard to complete as many push-ups as he can in two minutes for the Army Physical Fitness Test at the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

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    Spec. Matthew R. McLeod, a Freemont, Calif., native, works hard to complete as many push-ups as he can in two minutes for the Army Physical Fitness Test at the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

  • Spec. Matthew R. McLeod prepares for the land navigation portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Fort Carson, Colo.

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    Spec. Matthew R. McLeod prepares for the land navigation portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 9 at Fort Carson, Colo.

  • Staff Sgt. James Harris checks his accuracy during the markmanship portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 10 at Fort Carson, Colo.

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    Staff Sgt. James Harris checks his accuracy during the markmanship portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 10 at Fort Carson, Colo.

  • Staff Sgt. James Harris stands at parade rest while following a series of commands from the NCO/Soldier of the Year board president, Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Borja, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command command sergeant major, while Harris' sponsor, Sgt. 1st Class Mario Russo, takes notes.

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    Staff Sgt. James Harris stands at parade rest while following a series of commands from the NCO/Soldier of the Year board president, Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Borja, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command command...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Borja, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, returns Spec. Matthew R. McLeod's dog tags after checking to see if they included the Army Values during the NCO/Soldier of the Year board June 7 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

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    Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Borja, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, returns Spec. Matthew R. McLeod's dog tags after checking to see if they included the Army Values during the NCO/Soldier of the Year board June 7...

  • Spec. Matthew R. McLeod zeros his weapon during the markmanship portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 10 at Fort Carson, Colo.

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    Spec. Matthew R. McLeod zeros his weapon during the markmanship portion of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition June 10 at Fort Carson, Colo.

<b>PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.</b> - U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command held the Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition June 7-11 on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and Fort Carson, Colo.

After the weeklong competition, Staff Sgt. James Harris was selected as the 2010 USASMDC/ARSTRAT Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and Spec. Matthew R. McLeod was selected as the 2010 USASMDC/ARSTRAT Soldier of the Year.

Harris, who is stationed at Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Misawa Air Base, Japan, represented the Pacific Region, and McLeod, who is with Delta Company, 53rd Signal Battalion, Camp Roberts, Calif., represented the Western Region.

The competition was comprised of an administrative board, a written exam, a strenuous Situational Awareness Training Exercise, an Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night urban orienteering, and M-4 weapons qualification.

The other competitors were Westerm Region NCO of the Year - Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cutshall, 1st Space Battalion, 2nd Space Company (first runner up); European Region NCO of the Year - Sgt. Melinda Saltzmann, Alpha Detachment, 1st Space Company; Eastern Region NCO of the Year - Sgt. Andrew Knife, Bravo Company, 53rd Signal Battalion; Pacific Region Soldier of the Year - Spc. Daniel L. Flores, Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Misawa Air Base, Japan (first runner up); and European Region Soldier of the Year - Spc. Samuel A. Coker, Alpha Detachment, 1st Space Company.

Harris and McLeod will represent USASMDC/ARSTRAT Oct. 17-22 at the 2010 DA Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

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