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U.S. Army soliders to lend a hand at Progressive Dinner...

U.S. Army soliders to lend a hand at Progressive Dinner...

Sergeant 1st Class Jacob Gilmer


Sgt. 1st Class Gilmer is the reigning Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for Accessions Command, being selected over more than 7,700 Soldiers for this honor. He is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, which consists of less than one percent of the most elite Noncomissioned Officers in the entire Army.


The Hoosier native joined the Army in January of 1998 and has deployed twice to Iraq. Sgt. Gilmer has earned both the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He presently is a recruiter in the Kokomo Recruiting Station.



Staff Sergeant Joshua Vance


Staff Sgt. Joshua Vance began his Army career in March of 2001 when he enlisted in the Army Reserves as a plumber. The Kentucky native deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


He became an Active Duty Reservist in June of 2007, becoming a recruiter at the Indy North Recruiting Station in Indianapolis. Last year, he was named the Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion’s Army Reserve Recruiter of the Year.