Vermillion National Guardsman receives prestigious leadership award

Vermillion National Guardsman receives prestigious leadership award
The Department of the Army and the Air Force announced on Wednesday, March 7, at National Guard headquarters that Capt. Dennis Bickett, Vermillion, is a winner of the 2006 General MacArthur Leadership Award.

"Capt. Bickett demonstrates the ideals of ?Duty, Honor, and Country,' for which General MacArthur stood," said Maj. Gen. Michael Gorman, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard. "We are tremendously proud of him and his family."

Only 28 company grade officers were selected worldwide for the award that recognizes outstanding leaders in the regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves. Bickett is one of seven Army National Guard officers selected.

Bickett is currently the commander of Company C, 153rd Engineer Battalion, South Dakota Army National Guard headquartered in Parkston, S.D., with a detachment in Platte. He works full-time as a physical therapist at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Bickett's wife Angie is a third grade teacher at the Jolley Elementary School inVermillion.

"It's fitting we take time to thank great leaders like Dennis who take such great care of our Soldiers and their families," saidGorman.

Bickett and his family will be honored at an award ceremony and associated events in Washington, D.C., from May 14 to 16.

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