Missouri National Guard Public Affairs garner awards in Army communication competition

By Mary L. Williams
ngmo.pao@us.army.mil

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard Public Affairs office took home honors in three categories in the public affairs awards communication competition and was an honorable mention in another.

Army chief of public affairs recently announced the Missouri National Guard Public Affairs office was the winner in the 2011 MG Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. The public affairs office placed third in the Outstanding Initiative in New Media (unit award) for its social media efforts; for a second year, won first place in the Command Blog (unit award) category; was an honorable mention in the Television Information Program (unit award) with the "Operation Rising Tide Documentary" and took home top honors for the "Rising Star" award for Outstanding New Broadcaster (individual award).

Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, Missouri National Guard adjutant general, congratulated the team for "another great showing."

"Congratulations to all for your personal commitment and outstanding effort in delivering the Missouri National Guard message and achieving our communication goals," said Danner. "Thanks for what you have accomplished for all of us."

The public affairs office is especially honored that Cpl. Adam Winters, a broadcaster with the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, is the winner of the "Rising Star" award for Outstanding New Broadcaster (individual award). Winters' broadcast piece, "Operation Rising Tide Documentary" was also an honorable mention in the Television Information Program (unit award).

The Missouri National Guard public affairs office expanded its outreach efforts with flickr and Pinterest and successfully used all of its social media outlets to disseminate timely information during six state emergency duties in 2011. This effort was recognized at the Department of Army level when the office placed third in the Outstanding Initiative in New Media (unit award) for its social media efforts.

"I'm extremely proud of our entire public affairs team," said Col. Wendul Hagler, Missouri National Guard joint chief of staff. "They continually expand the organization's social media platform and are recognized for their achievements."

The public affairs office initiated the blog, Missouri National Guard Live, in March 2010 to provide timely and relevant first-person information, updates and to create a broader prominence in the social media realm. For two straight years the blog has placed in the top.

Annually, Army public affairs practitioners of all components, grades and missions compete in 46 broadcasting, journalism, photography and community relations categories in this prestigious journalism competition which is judged by a panel of distinguished public affairs leaders, broadcasters, reporters and academicians.
To compete at the Keith L. Ware level Army commands worldwide hold an internal competition. The Missouri National Guard Public Affairs Office competed in the National Guard Bureau competition and only those entries that took top awards at that level were advanced to the DA-level competition.
Last year the public affairs office took home the coveted Kathy Canham-Ross Award of Distinction in community relations and Department of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Special Events category and took second place for both the Web-based and Command Blog categories.

The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Communication Competition recognizes military and civilian-employee print, broadcast and community relations practitioners for journalistic excellence in furthering the objectives of the Department of the Army internal-information and community relations programs. The Secretary of the Army sponsors this competition annually. The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts judging with a goal of ensuring the best internal information efforts and community relations events receive recognition for professional excellence and outstanding achievement.

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