FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, Jan. 10, 2007) - Army Information Operations Proponent has announced the winners of its 2006 inaugural Information Operations Writing Competition.

USAIOP is a Major Subordinate Organization of the Combined Arms Center here is responsible for institutionalizing IO across Army doctrine, organizations, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities.

More than 25 entrants participated in the competition, which open to anyone who conducted original research and writing on issues related to IO. Essays were judged for originality, scholarship, writing style and value to the military profession.

A panel of senior military and civilian judges selected the following four winning essays:

1st Place: Maj. Elizabeth L. Robbins, "Muddy Boots IO: The Rise of Soldier Blogs." Robbins will receive a $1,000 cash award, a certificate of recognition signed by the commanding general, CAC and publication as a featured essay in Military Review. Robbins serves as the chief, Army News Desk, Soldiers Media Center.

2nd Place: Lt. Col. Frederic W. Rohm, "Merging IO and PSYOP." Rohm will receive a $500 cash award, a certificate of recognition signed by the commanding general, CAC and publication in Military Review. Rohm is assigned to the Joint Psychological Operations Support Element, Special Operations Command.

3rd Place: Maj. Todd A. Schmidt, "The Global Information Environment and Public Opinion in the 5th Dimension." Schmidt will receive a $250 cash award and a certificate of recognition signed by the commanding general, CAC. Schmidt serves as an assistant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

4th Place: Maj. Thomas F. Talley, "The Role of Information Operations Campaigns in Shaping a Political Reality: The American Experience as an Example." Talley will receive a $250 cash award and a certificate of recognition signed by the commanding general, CAC. Talley is assigned as chief, Iraqi National Police Transition Team, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st INP Division, Baghdad, Iraq. "

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