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Year of the NCO event speaker 
was honored for actions during 
2005 Iraq deployment

Fort McCoy will host a special Year of The NCO Event from noon-1 p.m. Friday, May 8 in the auditorium of building 60, the 88th Regional Support Command facility.

This event will recognize the leadership, professionalism, commitment, courage and dedication of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps, according to the Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois.

The guest speaker for the event is Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Nein of the Kentucky Army National Guard. Nein, a member of the 617th Military Police Company, received the Distinguished Service Cross for Valor for actions involving direct combat when his convoy came under heavy fire near Salam Pak south of Baghdad.

Nein conducted his mobilization training at Fort McCoy along with other members of the 617th before being deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Originally, Nein was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his actions as a squad leader with the 617th during a March 20, 2005 ambush. However, the award was upgraded.

The Distinguished Service Cross is second only to the Medal of Honor among awards for valor in battle. Nein will tell his personal story to the Fort McCoy community and also will entertain questions following his presentation.

Everyone in the Fort McCoy community, including military and civilian personnel, is encouraged to attend and support this special event that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of the NCO Corps and a true American hero.

Other special events will be held throughout the year at Fort McCoy to recognize and honor the accomplishments of NCOs, Dubois said.

For more information about the May 8 event, call Staff Sgt. Alexander Crocker of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy at 608-388-9512.

More information about The Year of the NCO can be found by visiting the Web site http://www4.army.mil/YearoftheNCO.


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