USAREUR names winners of first professional writing competition

Jan. 20, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army Europe’s commanding general, presents Col. Steve Maranian, commander of the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, with a bust of President Dwight Eisenhower for taking first place in USAREUR’s first Professional Writing Competition. The presentation was made during the USAREUR Senior Leaders Forum in Bad Kissingen, Germany, Jan. 20. Maranian, Maj. Eric Durham, the 19th BCD chief of operations, and Maj. Nikolaus Guran, the unit’s chief of plans, wrote the winning article, “The BCD in Support of the Modern Theater,” which ran in Army magazine’s December 2011 issue. (Photo by Sgt. Maj. Lisa Hunter)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe announced USAREUR’s first Professional Writing Competition winners Jan. 20 during the USAREUR Senior Leaders Forum.

Three members of the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Ramstein Air Base, Col. Steve Maranian, the 19th BCD commander; Maj. Eric Durham, chief of operations;  and Maj. Nikolaus Guran, chief of plans, took first place for their article, The BCD in Support of the Modern Theater,” which ran in Army Magazine’s December 2011 issue.

The winners were recognized at the USLF and their names will be displayed on a bust of President Dwight Eisenhower in the USAREUR headquarters here.

Second place went to Lt. Col. Chris Budihas and Maj. Kevin Broadnax  of USAREUR’s Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, for their article, The Army's Next Training Model: Building on the Past as We Prepare for the Future,” which appears in this month’s edition  Army Magazine.

Maj. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells, former commander of USAREUR’s 7th Civil Support Command, earned third place for his article, CBRN Crisis response: Multinational Coordination in Europe is necessary to address CBRN threats,” published in the January-February 2011 edition of  The Officer Magazine.

The professional writing program and competition, sponsored by USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, encourage professionals in USAREUR to share their expertise, knowledge and experiences by writing and publishing professional articles. The CG reviewed and selected articles having the most positive effect on the U.S. Army or USAREUR.

All entries submitted for the competition can be viewed on the U.S. Army Europe Professional Writing webpage, located at

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