Soldier of the year, Sgt, Sherri GallagherFor the first time since its inception nine years ago, a female Soldier has claimed the title of Soldier of the Year for 2010’s Best Warrior Competition. Sgt. Sherri Gallagher of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit beat out 11 other competitors from the Army’s major commands.

Currently stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Gallagher is one of the top long-range rifle shooters in the country.

Held at Fort Lee, Virginia in October, the Best Warrior competition is a multi-faceted test of soldiery, including hand-to-hand combat, urban orienteering, detainee operations, casualty evaluation, weapons familiarization and night firing.

“It’s an honor,” Gallagher said during an interview at the competition. “It’s a lot of fun to be out here, because I don’t get to do this on a daily basis. It’s neat to be able to see how you compare to everyone else.”

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