• U.S. Army NCO of the Year 2012 Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna from U.S. Army Europe's 7th Army NCO Academy moves over a wall during USAREUR's 2012 Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

    Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna, Army NCO of the Year 2012

    U.S. Army NCO of the Year 2012 Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna from U.S. Army Europe's 7th Army NCO Academy moves over a wall during USAREUR's 2012 Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougall performs first aid on a simulated casualty during the 2010 Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. McDougall was assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart at the time of the competition, but represented the Army's National Capital Region at the event.

    Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougall, Army NCO of the Year 2010

    Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougall performs first aid on a simulated casualty during the 2010 Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. McDougall was assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart at the time of the competition, but represented the Army's...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman from U.S. Army Europe's 7th Army NCO Academy reacts to an attack during a warrior tasks and battle drills event at the 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition  at Fort Lee, Va.

    Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman, Army NCO of the Year 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman from U.S. Army Europe's 7th Army NCO Academy reacts to an attack during a warrior tasks and battle drills event at the 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Spc. John Emmett of U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command helps a fellow Soldier role-playing as a casualty to a collection point during a warrior tasks and battle drills event at the 2006 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

    Spc. John Emmett, Army Soldier of the Year 2006

    Spc. John Emmett of U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command helps a fellow Soldier role-playing as a casualty to a collection point during a warrior tasks and battle drills event at the 2006 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Sgt. Jeremy Kamphuis (left) of U.S. Army Europe's 127th Military Police Company takes part in the road march event of the 2005 USAREUR NCO of the Year competition.

    Sgt. Jeremy Kamphuis, Army NCO of the Year 2005

    Sgt. Jeremy Kamphuis (left) of U.S. Army Europe's 127th Military Police Company takes part in the road march event of the 2005 USAREUR NCO of the Year competition.

  • Spc. Justin Brown of U.S. Army Europe's 95th Maintenance Company (second from right) earned the very first Armywide Soldier of the Year title in 2002.

    Spc. Justin Brown, Army Soldier of the Year 2002

    Spc. Justin Brown of U.S. Army Europe's 95th Maintenance Company (second from right) earned the very first Armywide Soldier of the Year title in 2002.

It's not something in the water -- it's something in the WARRIOR.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna of the 7th Army NCO Academy, the 2012 Army NCO of the Year, carries on a winning Army in Europe tradition. This year marks 10 years since the first Armywide Soldier and NCO of the Year competitions, and in that time six of the Army's best -- nearly a third of the total -- have been Army in Europe Soldiers.

The roster includes Spc. Justin Brown of the 95th Maintenance Company, the very first Soldier of the Year in 2002, and back-to-back NCO of the Year titles in 2009 and 2010. In 2005 Sgt. Jeremy Kamphuis of USAREUR's 127th Military Police Company was named NCO of the Year. The following year Spc. John Emmett of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command earned the Soldier of the Year title. In 2009 another 7th Army NCO Academy Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman, was NCO of the Year. And the 2010 NCO of they Year was Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougall, who was assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart at the time of his award (although he represented the Army's National Capital Region in the competition).

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