Sgt. Shawn Hicks of the United States Marine Corps, son of Trudy Mixon of Kingman, was recently selected for staff sergeant. This classifies him as an staff non-commissioned officer. Hicks is stationed at Twentynine Palms, Calif., with the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Currently, he commands an M1A1 tank and is a platoon sergeant with 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company. He is a 2001 graduate of Kingman High School and did two tours in Iraq. SNCOs are selected based on their potential and ability to lead. They are the Marines that lead the troops in combat.