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Nebraska National Guard receive national recognition

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com  

In football, Heisman Trophy winners are players who show great ability combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work.

Nebraska's National Guard was honored for just that.

"We were the best supply operation of the United States Army," Master Sgt. James McKeehan said.

In other words, they won the prestigious U.S. Army Chief of Staff Supply Excellence "Best of the Best" Award. It's only given to one unit in the country per year. For 2012, the award went to Camp Ashland's 209th Regional Training Institute.

Governor Heineman described this award as the Heisman for the Nebraska Guard along with multiple other honors for the state of Nebraska.

"We won the Heisman team award seven times for these various units, I mean that's incredible, normally you might have one or even two units, 7 different units did an incredible job," Heineman said.

One man received an honor no one else has ever gotten: Logistician of the Year.

 "My job is to coach mentor and train and give these soldiers the tools, knowledge, and resources to be successful," Sgt. Maj. Boyd Navratil said.

He also makes sure the troops have everything they need for the war. With retirement less than a month away, Navratil is leaving with a personal Heisman that he said he could never have gotten alone.

"Tom Osborn went out on top, I'm not Tom Osborn, but going out on top having one of our units win Best of the Best of the entire army in supply operation; this is truly like the Heisman of the National Championship," he said.

 These awards were for 2012. Right now, the Nebraska National Guard is gearing up for evaluations for the 2013 awards.

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