Army names top print, broadcast and public affairs specialists

March 14, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, recognized public affairs specialists, print and broadcast journalists for excellence in their career field during the Army-wide 2011 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.

The competition salutes excellence among Soldiers and civilian employees who produce broadcast programming, print articles, photographs, graphic art, Web-based products and community relations programs to inform and entertain the Army audience.

Christian Marquardt, with the Joint Multinational Training Command, was selected as the Army’s Civilian Broadcast Journalist of the Year. He also won 2nd place for Radio News Report, "USAREUR Best Officer Competition," 2nd place for Television Feature Report, "Trauma FX," and 3rd place for Television News Report, "EFMB Ruck March".

Winners in the European footprint include:

Radio Entertainment Program
1st Place: SSG Frank Brown, "Eagle Afternoon Show," AFN-Bavaria

Television Information Program
1st Place: "Full-Spectrum Training Environment," 7th JMTC

Television Sports Report
1st Place: SGT Elliot Valdez, "Hockey Duo," AFN-Bavaria

Television Newsbreak
1st Place: SSG Lucas Hoskins, "Guten Appetit Soltana," AFN-Heidelberg

Magazine-Format Publication  
2nd Place: "Millrinder," 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Command Blog
2nd Place: "Task Force Bayonet Blog," 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Personality Feature Article - military 
2nd Place: SPC Adam Garlington, "How I became a Muslim chaplain," USAREUR

Personality Feature Article - civilian
2nd Place: Ms. Crystal Smith, "World War II veteran," USAG Wiesbaden

Stringer - Writer
2nd Place: Ms. Tanya Fogg Young, "Battle buddies for life," USAG Stuttgart

Stringer - Photojournalism
2nd Place: Mr. Joseph Mancy, "Soldier Show highlights Army talent, teamwork," USAG Stuttgart

Radio Feature Report
2nd Place: SSG Michael Cox, "NATO Flags," AFN-Benelux  

Command Information Campaign
3rd Place: "Rapid Trident 2011," USAREUR

3rd Place: "Communicating Wiesbaden Transformation," USAG Wiesbaden

Deployed Photo
3rd Place: SSG Christopher Klutts, "Hold the Line," 170th IBCT

Deployed B-Roll Package   
3rd Place: SGT Sarah Goss, "1-181 Presence Patrol," AFN-Heidelberg

Web-based Publication   
Honorable Mention: "First in Support," 21st TSC PAO

Tabloid-Format Newspaper
Honorable Mention: "Herald Post," USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg

Photojournalism - military
Honorable Mention: SSG Christopher Klutts, "Avengers Run Supplies," 170th IBCT

The annual contest is named for Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Chief of Information who was killed in action in Vietnam.

The U.S. Army will compete with its sister services in the Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards Program later this year. The program recognizes military and civilian employee print and broadcast journalists for outstanding achievements in furthering the objectives of the DOD Internal Information Program.

Visit the Keith L. Ware Awards Competition and Thomas Jefferson Awards Program Web sites for more information.

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