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Chris Croslin named Drill Sergeant of the Year for the U.S. Army Reserves


By Brianna Wall H


aving won countless vigorous competitions throughout the last year, Chris Croslin, OEC


apprentice power lineman, only had one competitor standing in his way of one of the Army’s top awards. T ey both had studied hard and trained tirelessly in preparation for the fi nal round of the four-day U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year competition, but it was Croslin who claimed the title. “I studied at every opportunity


I had, during lunch breaks at work, at my son’s practice, staying up late,


getting up earlier for work and at every opportunity knowing I was up against the [active duty competitors] and they were going to be stellar,” he said. T e Army’s guidelines for being


named Drill Sergeant of the Year: He must not only be an expert in training soldiers, but also be the best of the best and rise above the competition. Not a small feat by any means. In fact, it is a title of honor and courage, and it demonstrates Croslin’s dedication and commitment to his country and to ensuring the Army is providing the best training for its soldiers. Croslin in 2011 was hired as a


groundman in OEC’s vegetation management department, clearing brush out of power lines to ensure system stability and reliability. He now works as a lineman on an overhead construction crew and can be seen at the top of the page at a pole-climbing training course last year. He brings the same work ethic he demonstrates in the Army to OEC. “Chris has been a great addition


to our operations crew,” said Randy Simmons, OEC vice president of operations. “He likes to be the best at what he does, and it shows in his work.” Croslin, his wife Trisha, and their


three children live in Tuttle and are adjusting to his new role. He will now have a unique opportunity to


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Left: Croslin leads the way during the ruck march; Top: Croslin attends a climbing course provided by Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives; Bottom: The Staff Sergeant works to put together an M16 rifl e during the fi nal round of his competition.


visit Army bases around the country and collaborate with top offi cials to revise and improve basic training programs. Congratulations, Chris, and thank you for your service.


Photos courtesy of the NCO Journal, the offi cial publication for Noncommissioned Offi cers of the U.S. Army, and the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.


OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC CO-OP NEWS • NOVEMBER 2014


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