Chief Warrant Officer Two Sarah Smith is
soft-spoken about her career and accomplishments. Her fellow Soldiers aren’t
so modest when describing her.
Smith was one of
seven Army National Guard warrant officers to receive the Eagle Rising Award
for warrant officers Sept. 12 at the National Guard Association of the United
States (NGAUS) 2016 Conference in Baltimore, Md.
The Eagle Rising
Award recognizes outstanding achievements and service by National Guard warrant
officers. This is the fifth year in a row a MSARNG warrant officer has won the
“Chief Warrant Officer Smith is a talented warrant
officer,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bobby Tanksley, command chief warrant
officer of the Mississippi Army National Guard. “She has always strived for
excellence as is evidenced by her receiving the Distinguished Honor Graduate
Award from her Warrant Officer Candidate School course.”
dedication and care for Soldiers through her work, Smith became the second
MSARNG female warrant officer to receive the award.
“I can honestly say
I am stunned,” said Smith, who is a standard installation division personnel
system (SIDPERS) interface branch chief for the MSARNG. “I never would have
dreamed winning it at state level, let alone to be one of those selected at
national level. It was a completely surreal moment where I had to keep
reminding myself it was happening.”
Smith said that
persistent personal growth and being a recipient of the award is a testament to
her military-career accomplishments.
improvements on my own self-development and winning this really opened my eyes
to what I have achieved,” said Smith. “It’s very easy to get
so caught up in your work and performing your job duties that you often don’t
even realize the accomplishments you have made along the way.”
officers of the MSARNG have always been in the spotlight,” said Tanksley. “As quiet professionals, we don’t
draw attention to ourselves or our accomplishments, but when placed beside our
peers nationwide we will be very competitive every time!”
responsibilities as a mother, wife, and Soldier, Smith stands out to others as
a good example of leading from the front.
“To win this award and
be recognized as a good leader is one of those life accomplishments you dream
of,” said Smith. “I will just ensure I do not falter and continue to improve on
my self-development and career.”
The Ohio native
began her Army career in 2002 when she enlisted as a health care specialist. In
2013, she decided to submit her warrant officer packet.
“I wanted to be able
to perform my job duties assisting other Soldiers so that they could focus on
their MOS and job without having to worry about the administrative portion of
their career,” she said.
fulfillment knowing that she’s helping Soldiers
who also wear the same uniform.
“I strongly believe
in helping others and get extreme satisfaction out of doing things for other
people,” said Smith. “That is what truly makes me happy. I love my job,
thoroughly enjoy working, and I
am so proud to wear this uniform every day.”