Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, National Guard Bureau
Spc. Jeremy Whipple, left, and Staff Sgt. Michael Noyce-Merino are applauded after they were announced as the winners of Soldier and NCO of the Year in the 2008 Army National Guard "Best Warrior" Competition at the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States' annual awards banquet in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 21. Both Soldiers advance to the Department of the Army competition, scheduled for October at Fort Lee, Va.