WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 19, 2007) - The troop-support group SemperComm is now asking for nominations for its 2008 awards program recognizing the morale-raising efforts of troops stationed throughout the world.

This is the fifth year of the awards program highlighting the personal contributions of troops who go the extra mile for their fellow servicemembers. The deadline for entries is Jan. 28.

Nominees will be judged based on three criteria: their efforts to boost the morale of their fellow service members; the remoteness and size of their duty station; and their desire to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Award winners will be invited to receive their award in person at the SemperComm Gala on April 10, 2008, in Arlington, Va. Complimentary travel and lodging will be provided to winners and one guest each by the SemperComm Foundation.

Nomination forms are available on the SemperComm website, <a href=http://www.sempercomm.org">www.sempercomm.org</a> "Nominate a Hero," and will be accepted until Jan. 28. Please contact Alix Hornig at 703.923.7610 or by e-mail at ahornig@sempercomm.org for additional information about the award.

Past winners include National Guard Soldiers who built a bocce ball court in Iraq and a chaplain who created a cafe where personnel could enjoy refreshments in addition to watching movies and participating in movie or cigar nights.

The SemperComm Foundation is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program dedicated to recognizing the efforts of U.S. citizens who support troops at home and overseas.

The organization, based in Springfield, Va., has focused on improving the quality of life for servicemembers in remote bases since the Vietnam era. The name SemperComm means "Always Communications."
SemperComm provides troops with free communications and entertainment equipment in addition to software and services when they are stationed far from home.

(Information provided by a SemperComm release and the American Forces Press Service.)
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