Kyle Marti, a sophomore student at Gustavus Adolphus College, was selected the 2005 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldier of the Year.
Marti participated in a three-day competition in April at Camp Ripley with twelve other Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers. The contest included events that evaluated physical fitness, marksmanship, training, and academic skills.
“It was a tight competition, anyone could have won,” Marti says. “I used lots of study guides, and the training I received from my unit really helped.”
Marti is a native of Lake Crystal and graduate of New Ulm High School. He also plays varsity baseball for Gustavus.
“He is a hard working kid and very coachable,” says Gustavus Baseball Coach Mike Carroll. “He balances his time between the Guard, baseball, and his schoolwork very well. I don’t know how he does it.”
Marti will compete at the 1st Army Regional competition May 12-15 at Camp Ripley.
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