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SD Army National Guard battalion receives national award

The South Dakota Army National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jason Kleinschmidt, center left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Schmidt, center right, accept the Gen. Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award presented at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Conference in Washington D.C., Oct. 13, 2021. Also pictured from left: Retired Maj. Gen. Ray Carpenter, former acting director of the National Guard Bureau and SDARNG assistant adjutant general, Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general of Army Forces Command, and Brig. Gen. Michael Oster, SDARNG assistant adjutant general

For the second year in a row, the South Dakota National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has received the General Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award for excellence.

The Brookings-based 152nd was announced as the recipient of the Kerwin award for 2020, which recognizes the most outstanding Army National Guard battalion in the nation for achieving the highest standards in training and readiness.

The national award is presented jointly on behalf of the National Guard Association of the United States, the Association of the U.S. Army, and the Reserve Officers Association. This is the third time in four years the 152nd has received this award, and it is the fourth straight year a South Dakota National Guard battalion has won the award.

The 152nd Battalion provides multifunctional logistics and support operations for U.S. forces, as well as provides command and control, administrative, logistics and training support for nearly 600 soldiers in four assigned units and detachments located in six communities throughout South Dakota. The Kerwin award also reflects the state of readiness of the battalion’s subordinate companies, which include the 1742nd Transportation Company of Sioux Falls and Flandreau, the 740th Transportation Company of Milbank and Aberdeen, the 665th Support Maintenance Company of Mitchell, and the 730th Area Support Medical Company of Vermillion.  


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