1st Sgt. William C. Harlan, a wounded, three-tour combat vet from Lakewood, is the Army Times Soldier of the Year. Read all about him here.
Harlan was wounded in March 2006 in Mosul while serving with the old 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Alaska. He recovered at Madigan Army Medical Center and is credited with playing a leading role in the establishment of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Lewis. Now that he is recovered, he is soon to take on the role as top sergeant at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.