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Year of the NCO:
Silver Star recipient at WMA Sept. 25

A Year of the NCO event to be held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Wisconsin Military Academy at Fort McCoy will have a Silver Star Recipient as its guest speaker.

The event will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Dailey Hall and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

The event is being sponsored by the Fort McCoy Army Garrison. Everyone attending is requested to be in their seats by 10:15 a.m.

Sgt. Gregory S. Ruske of the 3rd Platoon, A Company, Task Force Gladiator and Combined Task Force 101, will be the guest speaker. He is one of four Army Reserve Soldiers to receive the Silver Star.

Ruske was honored with the Silver Star for his actions April 21, 2008 in Afghanistan. Ruske and other task force servicemembers were ambushed while patrolling Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, a remote area not accessible by vehicles.

Taliban operatives unleashed a heavy gunfire and grenade assault on the unit. Ruske immediately responded, suppressed the enemy with accurate rifle and grenade fire.

Ruske also has received two Purple hearts during his service.

Reservations are not required. For more information about the event, call 1st Sgt. Steven Dryer at 608-388-8698.

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