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PICTURED ARE Carter Christian and Madison Schmiedt, state CDA Education Contest winners.

PICTURED ARE Carter Christian and Madison Schmiedt, state CDA Education Contest winners.

There were two state winners in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Education contest. The themes for the 2017 contest were “Whatever You Do For the Least of My Brethren, You Do for Me” (Matthew 25:40) and “Helping the Needy Where I Live”.
Those who placed at the state level were: Computer Art, Division 1 – Carter Christian, second; and Computer Art, Division 2 – Madison Schmiedt, third.

RAPID CITY – Twenty-three out of 42 South Dakota Army National Guard units received the National Guard Bureau’s Superior Unit Award in recognition of outstanding achievement during training year 2016.
This year’s recipients of the Superior Unit Award include: Headquarters Company, 153rd Engineer Battalion  –  Huron; Forward Support Company, 153rd Engineer Battalion  –  Huron and Parkston; 147th Army Band   –  Mitchell; Company B, 139th Brigade Support Battalion  –  Mitchell.
This is the fourth straight year the 153rd Engineer Battalion has received this award.
The Superior Unit Award is presented to units that meet highly-enforced military standards in the areas of personnel, training and readiness.
“The South Dakota Army National Guard makes up only 9/10ths of one percent of this nation’s National Guard, but we earned 66 percent of the Superior Unit Awards for training year 2016,” said Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard.
“This is yet another example of how the South Dakota National Guard stands head and shoulders above our contemporaries.”
In order to earn the SUA, units must achieve 95 percent in unit strength, monthly drill attendance, annual training attendance and weapons qualification. In addition to meeting these readiness goals, units must also achieve 90 percent in physical fitness tests and duty-qualified Soldiers. Unit admin and maintenance inspections also factor into award requirements.
“We are a metrics-driven organization and paying close attention to the most important readiness metrics has earned 23 of our units the distinction of earning the coveted Superior Unit Award,” said Reisch.
The top award for the state went to the 147th Army Band of Mitchell, which received the Eisenhower Trophy for the most exceptional SDARNG unit. The Eisenhower Trophy is named in honor of former General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and awarded by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to the ARNG unit in each state rated the most outstanding during the training year.
“To be selected from among all of the other very deserving units in the South Dakota Army National Guard is, of course, a huge honor,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Terry Beckler, 147th commander. “It’s one more reason to be proud of these soldiers.
“I can’t say enough about the work that all of our Soldiers put in,” continued Beckler. “They show up each and every drill and work extremely hard to develop a great product. I know they want to represent the South Dakota National Guard and the Army to the best of their ability. It shows in their hard work.”
More than half of the SUA units are continuing consecutive years of training excellence – with four units receiving the award for the second time in a row, three units for a third straight year and five units for four consecutive years. The 211th Engineer Company has earned the SUA five years in a row and the 740th Transportation Company has received it five out of the last six years.

PICTURED ARE, front row: Gena Swenson, Marla Feistner, Gay Lynne Ames, Kathy Wingert, Sherryl Rankin; back row: Aaron Fink, David Swenson, Jim VanDenHemel, Neal Hiemstra; EMTs not pictured: Stephen Davis and Jodi Doering. Drivers not pictured: Kylie Forbes, Garrett Foos, Darin Kilcoin and Heather Westendorf.

PICTURED ARE, front row: Gena Swenson, Marla Feistner, Gay Lynne Ames, Kathy Wingert, Sherryl Rankin; back row: Aaron Fink, David Swenson, Jim VanDenHemel, Neal Hiemstra; EMTs not pictured: Stephen Davis and Jodi Doering. Drivers not pictured: Kylie Forbes, Garrett Foos, Darin Kilcoin and Heather Westendorf.

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week is May 21-27. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. They provide basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital.
Currently, Sanborn County Ambulance has a total of 11 EMTs/RNs and four EVOC drivers.

…Read more and see a picture of the first Sanborn County Ambulance vehicle in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.