IMCOM Soldier of the Year recognized at IMCOM Symposium
April 21, 2011
SAN ANTONIO - The Installation Management Command's Soldier of the year was recognized April 20 by Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM commanding general, and IMCOM's Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola at the IMCOM Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas, April 19-21.
Specialist Luis G. Berber, a military policeman with U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, was presented a plaque inscribed with the "Soldier's Request" to recognize his efforts in being selected as the IMCOM Soldier of the year in July 2010.
"The caliber of my leadership has been far above what I expected," said Berber. "From being entrusted with representing my chain of command in the Soldier of the year (competition) to providing the tools, resources and support to maintain a family within the military community."
Berber said that he expects the Army to continue with the unique and special tradition that only exists in the military by "Enforcing the standards and pushing Soldiers in succeeding in their military careers by providing schools and training that could be resourceful both in the military and, once separated, in the civilian world."
"It has been an honor and privilege to have represented IMCOM as 2010 Soldier of the year," he added.
The Soldier of the year competition is an annual competition that starts at the company level and progresses up through the command structure to the Department of the Army level. The competition challenges Soldiers with physical tests, written examinations, essays and many critical warrior tasks and skills.