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Sherri Jo Gallagher
Born 1984
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Awards United States Army Soldier of the Year (2010)

Sgt. Sherri Jo Gallagher is an American soldier who holds 22 United States national rifle records. In 2010, she was named the U.S. Army Soldier of the Year.

Early life and marksmanship training[edit | edit source]

Gallagher was born in 1984.[1] Her mother, Nancy Tompkins, was the first woman to National High Power Rifle Championship in 1998,[1] and her step-father, Mid Tompkins, has won the honor six times.[2] Gallagher shot a rifle for the first time at five years old.[1]

In 2003, Gallagher was the World Long Range Shooting Champion, and had already been named National Rifle Champion twice by the National Rifle Association.[3] Following her awards, Gallagher was invited to guest jump with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team. Following the jump, the team invited Gallagher to enlist.[3]

Military career[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Gallagher was nominated for Soldier of the Quarter based on her marksmanship,[4] and traveled to Fort Lee, Virginia to compete for Soldier of the Year.[4] Gallagher went on to compete nationally and was the first woman to win the U.S. Army's Soldier of the Year award.[5]

In August 2010, Gallagher was the second woman to win the NRA's National High Power Rifle Championship.[6] The first woman in history had been her mother.[6] Of the twelve awards available at the 2010 NRA Championships, Gallagher was given eight.[7]

In October 2010, Gallagher studied at the Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and took the Warriors Leaders Course.[1]

In 2013, Gallagher was profiled by Business Insider as one of the "Most Impressive Women in the U.S. Military".[8]

As of July 2014, Gallagher is stationed in Arizona.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brian Lepley (26 October 2010). "Sgt. Sherri Gallagher Chosen As U.S. Army Soldier of the Year". AccurateShooter.com. http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2010/10/sgt-sherri-gallagher-chosen-as-u-s-army-soldier-of-the-year/. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  2. "Ben Avery Range Dedicated to Mid Tompkins Plus New Building". AccurateShooter.com. 15 February 2015. http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2015/02/ben-avery-range-dedicated-to-mid-tompkins-plus-new-building/. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Silvio Calabi (2013). The Gun Book for Girls. Down East Books. p. 141. https://books.google.com/books?id=nfBXBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA141&dq=%22sherri+gallagher%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ku51VbY7irzJBOPGscgP&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22sherri%20gallagher%22&f=false. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ARMY'S BEST WARRIORS WRAP UP 2010 COMPETITION". United States Army. 26 October 2010. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-2172540581.html. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  5. Kristen V. Brown (23 March 2013). "Guard members vie in top warrior contest". The Times Union. http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Guard-members-vie-in-top-warrior-contest-4379567.php. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kyle Jillson (14 August 2010). "SGT Sherri Gallagher wins 2010 National High Power Rifle Championship". NRA Blog. http://www.nrablog.com/post/2010/08/14/SGT-Sherri-Gallagher-wins-2010-National-High-Power-Rifle-Championship.aspx. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  7. "2010 NRA National Matches at Camp Perry". American Rifleman. 29 November 2010. http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2010/11/29/2010-nra-national-matches-at-camp-perry/. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  8. Melissa Stanger (26 July 2013). "Most Impressive Women in the U.S. Military". Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-impressive-women-in-the-military-2013-7?op=1. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  9. Mori Kessler (26 July 2014). "Army’s Golden Knights drop in at Thunder Over Utah; STGnews Photo Gallery". St. George News. http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/07/26/mgk-armys-golden-knights-drop-skies-airshow-stgnews-photo-gallery/#.VXXubFxViko. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 

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