South Dakota Army Guard appoints first female to top enlisted position
South Dakota's Army National Guard has appointed its first female to the highest ranking senior-enlisted position.
Command Sgt. Maj. Susan Shoe was appointed during a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday, Feb 2. The ceremony was held at the Joint Force Headquarters building on Camp Rapid.
Shoe replaces State Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Zimmerman as the new state command sergeant major, the highest ranking noncommissioned officer position for the South Dakota Army National Guard. She was selected from five of the four top senior NCO applicants from within the Army National Guard.
Not only is Shoe the first female to serve in the position, she is only the 8th state command sergeant major since the position was first established in the state in 1975.
Shoe will serve as the assistant adjutant general's personal advisor on all enlisted matters for the Army Guard.
"I have so much pride for the coyote patch on our left sleeve and I will champion its history and its future for those past and present and all this patch represents," Shoe said in a news release.
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