The Soldier of the Year Award
October 24, 2013 - Lock Haven University student Kendra R. Yoder has been awarded the Soldier of the Year Award, chosen among a group of 5,000 Soldiers. She was first nominated and sponsored by her company (HHC 728th) to participate in a board. She then went on to win the Battalion and the Brigade Board, and participated in the Best Warrior Challenge, known as the State Board. For participating in the State Board, she was presented the Soldier of the Year Award by the 213th Regional Support Group. Each board consists of three to five judges, evaluating individuals on interview answers, uniform appearance, confidence level, and military knowledge.
SPC Yoder began her military career August 4, 2009 when she enlisted into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. She attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. In August 2011 she deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait with the 728th in support of Operation New Dawn. While deployed she was the Battalion Radio Telephone Operator (RTO) and Communications (S6) helpdesk coordinator. In November 2012 she attended Warrior Leadership Course and graduated on the commandant's list with a 96% GPA. After completing in the state level soldier of the year board in March 2013, she went on to continue her education at Lock Haven University where she is participating in the ROTC program as a MS1.
SPC Yoder has earned numerous awards including: Army Service Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Good Conduct Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device; Army Commendation Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; and the Army Achievement Medal. She currently resides in Jersey Shore, PA and is a fulltime student.
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.