While at the Missouri Army National Guard's recruiting and retention conference in Osage Beach, Mo., Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Komar (center) is presented with the Sergeant Major Award for Recruiting and Retention Excellence in 2012 by Lt. Col. Larry Crowder (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. James Walters. (Photo by Bob Seyller/Missouri National Guard)
By Jennifer Archdekin
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. - Missouri Army National Guardsman, Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Komar, was recently awarded the Sergeant Major Award for Recruiting and Retention Excellence in 2012.
Komar earned one of only two such awards given annually to trainers and assistant noncommissioned officers in charge who contributed significantly to the Missouri Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion during the past year.
"This recognition means I am going in the right direction and supporting my team and command," said Komar. "It makes me want to work harder to develop more tools. I always set my standard high, so it just means raising the bar more."
Komar serves as the assistant noncommissioned officer in charge for Area 1, Missouri Recruiting and Retention Battalion which is based in St. Joseph.
"Now that I am an assistant NCOIC it is most rewarding when I know what I did directly encouraged or helped my team to be successful," said Komar. "I love the Missouri Army National Guard and recruiting in general. I have the best profession out there. I wake up proud every day."
Komar has been with the National Guard for over 17 years, 14 of them in Missouri. She works out of the recruiting station on North Oak Trafficway in Kansas City.
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