Army names Europe print, broadcast specialists among best for 2009

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
May 12, 2011

Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware
Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Army print and broadcast media specialists from units and garrisons across Europe are being honored by the Department of the Army for their contributions to informing and entertaining audiences theater- and worldwide.

Public affairs specialists from USAREUR tactical units and from Installation Management Command-Europe garrisons earned top awards at the Army level of the 2009 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.

The annual Secretary of the Army-sponsored competition recognizes Army military and civilian print and broadcast specialists for "journalistic excellence in furthering the objectives of the Department of the Army internal-information program." Print and broadcast products and individual professionalism and achievements in a total of 21 categories are evaluated.

U.S. Army Europe’s top individual winner is Dave Melancon of the USAREUR Public Affairs Office, whose first-place-winning news article earns the right to go on to judging at the Department of Defense level.

Also from USAREUR, the 5th Signal Command Public Affairs Office team garnered a second-place award for the command's "Echo" magazine, which has won first place in the magazine category at USAREUR level three years straight. Jonathon Gray of 5th Signal added to the command's wins with a second place in photojournalism. Spc. Jerry Wilson of USAREUR's 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment took a second place as well for his photographic contributions to Bavaria News, the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr newspaper. USAREUR's Jesse Granger earned a second for a radio news report on transformation that he produced while assigned to the 7th Civil Support Command.

Rounding out USAREUR's wins at Army level were two third-place awards, one for the USAREUR "Ask the CSM" blog site, and one for a television news spot on the Visual Information Ordering Site system produced by Adam Poitras of Visual Information Systems Europe.

Five IMCOM-Europe entries earned first places, while two placed second.

U.S. Army Garrison Benelux earned two first places, capturing the best community relations program unit award for it World War II commemorative community program, as well as first place for special achievement in print media for a commemorative issue of the Benelux Edge magazine.

Heidelberg’s garrison newspaper, Herald-Post, edited by Kelli Bland, took first place in the tabloid-format newspaper category. From USAG Stuttgart, Brittany Carlson earned first for her story series entitled, “The Long Dark Tunnel.” Claiming first place for contributions by a stringer in the written category was USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Traci Bolyard for her article, “Seeing Beyond a Disability.”

Second-place awards went to USAG Schinnen, the Netherlands, for special events Joint 40th Anniversary and 65th Liberation Fest, and to USAG Bamberg’s online publication, “Warner Weekly” for Web-based publication.

To see all the entries submitted from across the Army this year, go to

About us: The U.S. Army in Europe, with NATO and other coalition partners from throughout its 51-country area of responsibility, trains for, conducts, and supports contingency operations. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, USAREUR has forces throughout Germany as well as in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Romania, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.