September 26th, 2001 will be remembered as a great day for the Schmitt family. Not only did Heather win the Student Company "Soldier of the Month" award, but a visit from the highest enlisted soldier in the United States Army ended up being more than a short morale speech. This page is dedicated to all of the hard work Heather had to go through preparing for the tough competition, and the joy she felt after learning she had gone from an ordinary life in Brandon, FL to the one of the best soldiers at Ft. Meade, MD.
For the "Soldier of the Month" competition, Heather had to face a series of challenges. She spent days studying the basic military knowledge she would need to know. She practiced for hours with her AT-4 AntiTank Weapon and her Military Maps for the Common Task Exercise she would have to perform. She ironed her uniform, passed a record physical fitness test, and kept her grades above 95% all in hopes of increasing her chances of winning.