Spc. Minolli Nayagar, 25, of Fairfield, was among about 45 Iowa Army National Guard soldiers recently recognized during a patching ceremony at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston.
Nayagar is the daughter of Vernon Nayagar of Fairfield. She graduated from Maharishi School in 2010 and Maharishi University of Management in 2014, where she majored in pre-med.
Nayagar said she joined the Iowa Army National Guard to learn and gain more experience in the medical field and to further her education at the university.
The patching ceremony represents a time-honored tradition where Iowa citizen-soldiers officially receive the left-shoulder military patch representing their unit of assignment in the Iowa Army National Guard. It also marks completion of the Iowa National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program, a preparatory training that provides new recruits the education and skills needed to excel during their Army basic training and advanced individual training.
Nayager is a combat medic assigned to the 294th Medical Company in Washington, Iowa.