Oacoma Soldier Wins National Award For Work With Pierre-Based National Guard Unit

(KCCR) — A South Dakota National Guard member from Oacoma has been given a national award from the U-S Army Engineer Association to recognize outstanding service to the military. Specialist Cooper Mueller is the recipient of the Van Autreve Award that recognizes junior-enlisted personnel for contributions and service to U-S Army engineers. The 21 year-old is a bridge crewmember with the 200th Engineer Company based in Pierre. He is also in his third year at South Dakota State University as a nursing student. Mueller was selected for the award based on leadership recommendations for outstanding performance as a solider and for his skills as a bridge crewmember. 200th Engineer Company Commander Captain Geoffrey Pollman says Mueller is an outstanding solider and continuously sets the example for others to follow. The Van Autreve Award is one of five engineer awards presented annually and is presented to a solider in either the United States Army Reserve or National Guard.