Christopher Hickel, of Minot, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant with the North Dakota Army National Guard's 191st Military Police Company.
Hickel enlisted in the National Guard in April 2007. He completed his initial entry training March 3, 2008, and became part of the 191st Military Police Company's rear detachment while the unit served in Iraq. In May 2009, he was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 141st Manuever Enhancement Brigade's Task Force Falcon for a yearlong deployment to Kosovo.
After that mission, Hickel returned to Detachment 2 of the 191st Military Police Company in Bismarck. As part of the unit, he's served on flood duty twice and taken part in training as a traffic accident investigator, military police investigator, Red Card wildfire training and other courses.
As a sergeant, Hickel is now considered a noncommissioned officer, or NCO.
"It has been a goal of mine to become a member of the NCO Corps since I joined," Hickel said. "I enjoy mentoring younger soldiers. I will strive to pass along any and all knowledge I have in support of helping younger soldiers progress and be promoted through the ranks. I pride myself in attaining knowledge through military schools in order to pass that knowledge along to younger, less-experienced soldiers."