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Fort Sill Soldier Named Army Times Soldier of the Year

FORT SILL Okla_ With well over six hundred thousand personnel serving in the United States Army, some Soldiers may feel that it is difficult to stand out amongst their peers. 

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Karen Beattie, a missile maintenance technician with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, stood out amongst her peers by being selected as the Army Times Soldier of the Year for 2013.

Lt. Col. Eric Atherton, the 31st ADA deputy commanding officer at the time of Beattie's nomination, said it was immediately apparent that she was worthy of nomination for the award.

"When I heard about the Army Times Soldier of the Year award from Command Sgt. Maj. [Gerardo] Dominguez, our brigade command sergeant major, and subsequently read about what types of qualities they were looking for in a nominee -- dedicated, professionalism, and concern for community -- I immediately thought of C Chief Warrant Officer 2  Beattie", said Atherton. "I floated the idea to nominate her to the chain of command and her co-workers."

Atherton went on to say that there are even more qualities that made Beattie stand out amongst other Soldiers.

"I knew she would be competitive for the award based on her professional accomplishments alone," added Atherton. "But when I considered her initiative and hard work to serve as spokeswoman and organizer for the local Lawton-Fort Sill Gold Star spouse community over the past nine months, after courageously deciding to remain on active duty despite being a Gold Star spouse herself, I knew she had a very good shot at being selected for the honor.

"Her accomplishments on paper are stellar, but the professional charisma and positive attitude she exhibits in person make her an ideal spokeswoman for the Army and a wise choice by the Army Times."

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