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December 10, 2013 > Hayward man honored as Officer of the Year

Hayward man honored as Officer of the Year

Submitted By Allison Bormel

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) recently honored Sergeant 1st Class Jason Manella of Hayward on the House Floor for winning the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award during the ArmyÕs Best Warrior Competition. The ArmyÕs Best Warrior Competition is a three-day event that tests a soldierÕs physical and mental toughness. Sergeant Manella is the first ever reservist to win this prestigious Army-wide title.

ÒCongratulations to Sgt. Jason Manella on this impressive achievement. He represents the best and brightest among us, and overcame serious setbacks to win this grueling competition. Sgt. ManellaÕs service and success can be an inspiration to all us, and I am honored to represent him in the U.S. Congress,Ó said Rep. Swalwell.

ÒSergeant Manella is a member of the ReserveÕs 445th Civil Affairs Battalion based in Mountain View; and while serving in Afghanistan in 2012, Sergeant Manella had his convoy attacked. And while it was attacked, it left him with a traumatic brain injury,Ó said Rep. Swalwell. ÒSergeant ManellaÕs story is one of hope and the power of resilience.Ó

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