Fahy named Soldier of Year Chris Fahy by M. Jill Karolevitz Chris Fahy, 24, has been named South Dakota Soldier of the Year/E4 Specialist and below.
He was recognized for his achievement April 13 during the South Dakota National Guard Enlisted Association Conference in Huron.
Fahy has been in the Army National Guard since 1995. He graduated from Sioux Falls Lincoln High School in 1994 and currently attends The University of South Dakota, majoring in accounting.
He was first nominated for soldier of the year competition by his battery, Battery C 1/147th Field Artillery in Yankton. Fahy then qualified for competition at the battalion, then brigade levels, followed by the state competition. Both Army and Air National Guard members compete together.
For each level, soldiers are assessed on military leadership, map reading, battle focused training, weapons, drill ceremonies, training management, awards and decorations, guard duty, military justice and first aid. The assessment is conducted orally.
From state competition, Fahy is now eligible to go on to 5th Army Regional competition, which includes soldiers from the 21 states west of the Mississippi River, excluding Minnesota. The regional winner then competes at the Forces Command level against every soldier in the nation.
Fahy is a fire direction specialist, with responsibilities that include verifying coordinates and meteorological data for multiple launch rockets. His future plans include taking training for Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Version 11 and taking the Primary Leadership Development Course.
Fahy joined the National Guard to get help with college tuition and because he had friends who were also in the National Guard.
The recent honor has taught Fahy a little about himself.
�I�m definitely proud of the honor,� he said. �It showed me that I can attain a certain level of achievement, knowledge and leadership in the National Guard.�