FORT GORDON, Ga. -- Two 21st Signal Brigade Soldiers earned recognition for their selection as the 7th Signal Command (Theater) Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony at the Third Annual 7th Signal Command (Theater) Ball at Fort Gordon, Ga., recently.
The 21st SB is a subordinate reporting unit to 7th SC(T).
Eight Soldiers from 7th SC (T) units competed in a variety of events including (Army Physical Fitness Test), weapons qualification, day and night land navigation, confidence course, a written example, (Mystery Event), and an interview board over the course of a week.
Sgt. Amber L. Martin, a combat production/documentation specialist from 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 114th Signal Battalion, Fort Meade, Md. earned the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year selection.
Spc. Christopher A. Ludeking, a satellite communication systems operator/maintainer from the 327th Signal Company, 302nd Signal Battalion, also stationed at Fort Meade, earned the Soldier of the Year (SOY) selection.
Martin thanked her family and those close to her.
"It meant a lot to me when Brig. Gen. Patterson called my father to tell him how well I was doing because my father is an amazing dad and I want to make him proud of the things I've accomplished and am working towards," she said. "I've met some of the best NCO's and Soldiers in the 7th Signal Command. I got to learn so much from the competition and other competitors that I can take back to my unit and give to my Soldiers."
Ludeking said he was grateful for the opportunity to compete at this level, and high standards are important to him.
"Everything weds in the Army, such as on the job and field training," he said. "Being the best of my peers and showing others you can exceed your goals means being recognized by superiors and peers to stand out," he said.
Martin and Ludeking received trophies and are slated to compete at the next level during the Network Enterprise and Computer Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., competition later this month.
The other NCO and Soldiers of the Year candidates were:
Sgt. Esteban L. Fernandez, 106th Signal Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Tex., supply sergeant
Sgt. Lawhettie N. Hunter, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, Ga., command driver
Cpl. Tyler R. Dresslar, 7th Signal Command Continental United States Theater Network Operations Security Center, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., battle captain
Spc. Tammy L. Housie, HHC, 7th Signal Command (Theater), human resource specialist
Spc. Cole J. Spoon, CONUS TNOSC, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., battle captain
Spc. Justin O. Tyndall, 7th Signal Command South TNOSC, Fort Gordon, Ga., Action Request Center, watch officer
7th SC(T), with headquarters at Fort Gordon, provides and defends network capabilities and services for Army, Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational forces in the Western Hemisphere to enable operations and mission command.