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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Today's Focus:

MG Keith L. Ware Affairs Awards Communication 2010 Competition

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"No one who is a part of this coalition is on the ground. I don't know how to be more clear than that: No military boots on the ground."

- Gen. Carter F. Ham, AFRICOM commander, emphasizes that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground in Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn.

AFRICOM commander discusses Operation Odyssey Dawn

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"In Cuba, they catch you right away after high school. It's mandatory. They give whatever MOS (military occupational specialty) they want to give you. They pay you seven Cuban pesos per month. It was awful … All my life growing up in Cuba, they talk so bad about the United States. They said, 'It's a big monster. You don't want to be there. You're going to be discriminated (against). They're going to kill you, and this and that.' … If they (the U.S.) are so bad, why do people join the Army voluntarily? When I decided to join the military, it was payback (in a patriotic sense) for me. Not that I have to pay..."

- Sgt. 1st Class Luis E. Alfaro, who defected from the Cuba army and is now an American Soldier in the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, emotionally shares the difference between the Cuban army and the US Army

One Soldier's epic journey in pursuit of happiness

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TODAY'S FOCUS

MG Keith L. Ware Affairs Awards Communication 2010 Competition

What is it?

The Chief of Public Affairs announced winners of the 2010 MG Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition in a message disseminated to Army PA professionals March 11. The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the awards program annually on behalf of the Secretary of the Army to recognize, cultivate and inspire excellence within the Army PA community. Army PA practitioners of all components, grades and missions competed in 46 broadcasting, journalism, photography and community relations categories.

What has the Army done?

Some 27 subordinate and regional commands from Europe and Southwest Asia to CONUS and the Pacific conducted internal PA competitions during January. Thousands of entries competed at command level. Hundreds of their best entries competed at DA level Feb. 28-March 4, producing the results announced by the CPA. A panel of distinguished current and retired PA leaders, cadre at branch institutions, civilian producers and academicians judged the entries. First, second and third place winners receive plaques. The Secretary of the Army or another distinguished leader in his place presents trophies to seven winners of top individual achievement awards. First place finishers also compete against entries from sister services in the DoD-level Thomas Jefferson Awards Program.

Why is this important to The Army?

The program recognizes outstanding individual and team achievement within the Army PA community and highlights the finest DA internal communication work. The competition reminds PA professionals their labors are understood and appreciated at the highest service levels and encourages participants to try even harder next year. It also provides additional exposure to some of the finest Army stories, images and information campaigns of 2010.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

This enduring competition - held annually since 1970 - not only recognizes and cultivates achievement among Army communicators but celebrates and develops a rich Army PA heritage. Contemporary Army broadcasters, journalists, photographers and community relations specialists, meanwhile, are already generating material bound for next year's competition.

Resource:

The MG Keith L. Ware website provides comprehensive program information, including entries, results, reference materials and the competition's standard operating procedure.

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