SAN ANTONIO - The noncommissioned officer of the year was recognized April 20 by Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general, Installation Management Command and IMCOM's Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola at the IMCOM Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas, April 19-21.

Staff Sgt. Christopher M. McDougall, a military policeman with U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, was presented a plaque inscribed with the NCO creed to recognize his efforts in being selected as the IMCOM NCO of the year in July 2010 and for his further success at winning the Department of the Army-level NCO of the year competition in October 2010.

McDougal said that his personal goal was not to win the competitions.

"Instead, I have had but one goal: to represent the men and women who serve within the United States Army Garrison Stuttgart, IMCOM-Europe, and IMCOM to the best of my ability," said McDougall.

During his speech, McDougal thanked the USAG Stuttgart leadership for supporting him throughout the competitions.

"It is the trust and confidence they had in me to represent them throughout this process that has led me to be standing here before you today," said McDougall. "Again, I stand here merely as a representative of the tremendous organization that IMCOM represents. Soldier hard. Sustain, support, defend."

The NCO 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.