February 14th, 2011

SGT Sherri Gallagher Named MMA Soldier of the Year

SGT Sherri Gallagher of the USAMU was selected as the 2010 Military Marksmanship Association (MMA) Soldier of the Year at the MMA Annual Membership Meeting on 2/4/2011. Outgoing MMA president Col. (Ret.) Robert I. Hoidahl, presented the Soldier of the Year Award to Gallagher: a .45-caliber pistol donated by Smith and Wesson.

SGT Gallagher had a remarkable year on and off the range. She was a member of the USAMU’s victorious 10-man team at the Interservice Rifle Championships in July, setting the stage for bigger things to come at the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio a few weeks later. Gallagher became the first service member in 23 years to win the National High-Power Rifle Championship, setting 11 new national records along the way.

“I want to thank the MMA for all that they do,” Gallagher said. “They supported me throughout the year as I went to all of the Soldier of the Year boards. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teammates and all of the Soldiers in the unit. The USAMU is without a doubt the best unit in the Army.”

Gallagher has served with the USAMU since 2008. She has been awarded and earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, Distinguished Rifleman Badge, President’s Hundred Tab, Schutzenschnur badge, and the Accession Support Brigade Soldier of the Quarter and Soldier of the Year, Fiscal Year 2010. Besides being named Army Soldier of the Year, she was also named Soldier of the Year in 2010 for Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Accessions Command, and Accessions Support Brigade. She is currently training for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Along with SGT Gallagher, other MMA 2010 Soldier of the Year nominees were: SSG Travis Tomasie from the Action Shooting team; SSG Robert Park from the Service Pistol team; Shotgun team member SSG Josh Richmond; SGT Joe Hein from the International Rifle team; and from the Custom Firearms Shop, SPC Thomas Marshall.

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