Columbia, S.C. – The Adjutant General for South Carolina, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr, announces U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Oliver of Florence, South Carolina as the 2018 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year.
This announcement comes after Soldiers from each major command in the South Carolina National Guard competed in the annual Best Warrior competition. The five day event, held Jan. 27-31, 2018 at the McCrady Training Center and Fort Jackson, consisted of a variety of mental and physical tests, aimed at pushing Soldiers to their limits. Among these were written exams and board interviews, the Army Physical Fitness Test, a ruck march, M9 pistol and M4 rifle qualifications, a stress shoot, day and night land navigation courses and Army Warrior Tasks.
Oliver serves as a Small Group Leader in the 3rd Battalion, 218th Regiment (Leadership) in Eastover, South Carolina. He is a 2004 graduate of Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina and 2015 graduate of York Technical College in Rock Hill with an Associate’s degree.
Oliver will advance to represent the South Carolina National Guard in the Region III Best Warrior competition. Region III is made up of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands and Kentucky.