Staff members of the Fort Jackson Leader were recognized Monday by the South Carolina Press Association for being the tops in their respective divisions in the organization's annual press awards.

Fort Jackson's Public Affairs Officer, Pat Jones, characterized their efforts as "exemplary."

"The Leader staff continues to amaze me," he said. "Their efforts to tell the Fort Jackson and Army story are exemplary. These awards give only a glimpse of their professionalism and technical proficiency."

Wallace McBride, Leader editor, took home first place in the feature page design portfolio and single feature page design categories for all weekly papers throughout the state. McBride also took third place for photo page design for his Memorial Day layout in the weekly newspapers with a circulation more than 4,500.

He also took a third place prize for his personality photo titled, "Redemption" in the all weekly newspaper category.

The photography of Robert Timmons, then a staff writer on the publication, was also recognized
for excellence. His photo of a trainee going through the grenade assault course, titled
"Assaulting the Objective" took first in the general news photo category for weekly publications
with a circulation of more than 4,500. His picture of Skai Moore, a linebacker with the University of South Carolina football team, going through the Team Development Course took second place in the same category.

Timmons also took home a second place nod for his photo series of the 2017 Victory Best Warrior Competition.

This is the third consecutive year the Leader staff has been recognized for excellence by the SCPA.

Timmons said winning the awards recognized "the quiet professionalism" of the Leader staff.

"Our hard work paid off," he said. "We prefer to be behind the scenes reporting the news and not being the news, so it feels kind of weird. For me personally, this really shows our dedication
to the people of Fort Jackson. Without them, we wouldn't have had anything to write about or take photos of."