U.S. Army Soldier of the Year for first time is a woman

It didn’t surprise Nancy Tompkins at all when on Monday in Washington her daughter, Sgt. Sherri Gallagher of Fort Benning, was named the U.S. Army’s Soldier of the Year, the first woman to receive that honor.

“She is the most competitive person I have ever known,” said Tompkins, who lives in Prescott, Ariz.

Named the winner by Sgt. Major of the Army Kenneth Preston at the Association of the U.S. Army awards luncheon, the 26-year-old Gallagher topped 11 other soldiers representing the major commands during the “Best Warrior” competition Oct. 18-22 at Fort Lee, Va.

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