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US Army sergeant from Maine named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy competed against more than a million soldiers in the service during the Army's Best Warrior competition to be named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 28, 2017

BELGRADE LAKES, Maine — The U.S. Army has named a 28-year-old Maine resident its Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy, of Belgrade Lakes, took part in the Army's Best Warrior competition this October after a career in the military beginning in 2008. The Portland Press Herald reports he has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was recently an instructor at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

Out of more than a million soldiers in the service, McCarthy and those he competed against had been chosen a year ago to pursue the award, which involved competing with others on various levels and being evaluated in several areas such as physical fitness, land navigation with map and compass, urban warfare simulations, weapons, and written exams.

Last month, McCarthy took part in a grueling six-day final competition with 10 other finalists. In addition to the noncommissioned officer award, he was given the Meritorious Service Medal for his win.

McCarthy says he is grateful for his family, including his grandfather — retired U.S. Army Col. Raymond Kaufman.

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