Maj. Gen Antonio Aguto left, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Coffey,  senior enlisted leader, present Spc. Fisher Wall  with an Army Commendation Medal during the award ceremony for the winners of 3rd Infantry Division NCO and Soldier of the Year at Fort Stewart, Ga., May 14, 2020. Wall, a Soldier assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, will go on to represent the division at the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero)
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen Antonio Aguto left, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Coffey, senior enlisted leader, present Spc. Fisher Wall with an Army Commendation Medal during the award ceremony for the winners of 3rd Infantry Division NCO and Soldier of the Year at Fort Stewart, Ga., May 14, 2020. Wall, a Soldier assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, will go on to represent the division at the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Col. Scott O’Neal left, commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. Mary Cloninger and Command Sgt. Maj. Jabari Williams, senior enlisted leader of 2ABCT, virtually attend the award ceremony for the winners of 3rd Infantry Division’s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition May 14, 2020 on Fort Stewart, Ga. Cloninger received an Army Commendation Medal from the 2ABCT command team for becoming the 3rd ID NCO of the year while deployed at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Scott O’Neal left, commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. Mary Cloninger and Command Sgt. Maj. Jabari Williams, senior enlisted leader of 2ABCT, virtually attend the award ceremony for the winners of 3rd Infantry Division’s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition May 14, 2020 on Fort Stewart, Ga. Cloninger received an Army Commendation Medal from the 2ABCT command team for becoming the 3rd ID NCO of the year while deployed at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Fisher Wall, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, left, and Sgt. Mary Cloninger, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, represent the division as the 3rd ID Soldier and NCO of the Year at an award ceremony on Fort Stewart, Ga., May 14, 2020. Cloninger, who was deployed at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland,  and Wall will both go on to represent the division at the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Fisher Wall, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, left, and Sgt. Mary Cloninger, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, represent the division as the 3rd ID Soldier and NCO of the Year at an award ceremony on Fort Stewart, Ga., May 14, 2020. Cloninger, who was deployed at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, and Wall will both go on to represent the division at the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT STEWART, Ga. — The 3rd Infantry Division command team, Commander Maj. Gen Antonio Aguto and Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Coffey, presented the winners of the division NCO and Soldier of the Year with awards during a ceremony May 14 on Fort Stewart.

“We are very proud of you and all that you have done,” Coffey said to the winners during the ceremony. “This speaks volumes to your character and who you are, your dedication, the trust your unit has in you and your willingness to go above and beyond to succeed.”

Sgt. Mary Cloninger, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, took the title NCO of the year from where she was deployed at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland.

Cloninger attended the event through a livestreaming conference call. She was presented the Army Commendation Medal by the 2ABCT command team, Commander Col. Scott O’Neal and Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Jabari Williams.

Cloninger’s parents were present during the ceremony and accepted a division coin and other gifts from the 3rd ID command team on her behalf.

“This competition has made me grow as a person and as a leader,” Cloninger said . “I am honored to represent the 3rd Infantry Division.”

The 3rd ID Soldier of the year was Spc. Fisher Wall, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID. Wall was presented an Army Commendation Medal by the 3rd ID command team at the ceremony.

“I would like to thank my leadership for getting me to this point,” Wall said. “There was a lot of effort to get me to this point.”

Wall and Cloninger were tested on their basic Soldiering tasks and drill during the competition.

They also had to tackle new challenges brought on by COVID-19. Such as having to participate in a virtually conducted board to overcome the distance challenges of having competitors all over the world as well as following Centers for Disease Control social distancing guidelines

The NCO and Soldier of the Year will go on to represent the division at the XVIII Airborne Corps best NCO and Soldier of the Year competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.