RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Army National Guard unit has won an award for having the nation's highest weapons qualification rate.
The 740th Transportation Company, headquartered in Milbank, won the National Guard Association Pershing Award for the second time in six years.
The unit earned the highest figure of merit score during annual qualification firing with assigned individual weapons.
The unit's overall qualifications rate was 99.4 percent. It qualified 64 experts, 75 sharpshooters and 30 marksmen.
Capt. Jeremy Schafer, the company commander, says the award is reassurance that the unit's training is effective and sufficient.