By Mr. Edward G Worley (ACC)March 10, 2014
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-Army Contracting Command Public Affairs captured six 2013 Army Materiel Command Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards for excellence in public affairs, AMC announced March 6.
ACC received four first-place awards and two second place honors.
"This is great recognition of the outstanding work our public affairs team does for the command," said Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison, ACC commanding general. "They do a tremendous job telling the global ACC story. These awards just confirm what we already knew."
ACC's first-place winners were:
--Digital Publication: ACC NewsBlast, ACC's weekly newsletter, edited by David San Miguel and Larry McCaskill.
--Outstanding Initiative in New Media: ACC Web and Social Media Program, managed by Beth Clemons. This is the third consecutive year ACC has won this award.
--Website/Blog: Armyhire.com, ACC's civilian recruiting website. Public Affairs partners with the ACC chief information officer G6 and deputy chief of staff, Human Capital G1 staffs to produce Armyhire.com. This is the third consecutive year ACC has won this award. Last year, Armyhire.com was named the best website in the Army.
--Story Series: McCaskill for "Civilian participants contribute to JCRX-13 training success."
Second place awards went to:
--Army Funded News Publication: ACC Today magazine, edited by McCaskill. The magazine is no longer being published due to budget cuts.
--News Article: San Miguel for "ACC stand down raises sexual assault awareness."
The annual competition is designed to recognize military and civilian employees from AMC's major subordinate commands and direct reporting units for excellence in print, broadcast, community relations and new media, according to the AMC announcement. Entries were judged for technical excellence in accordance with the objectives of the Department of the Army's internal information program.
First place winners will represent AMC at the Army level of the competition.
Ware, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945, served as the deputy chief and chief of Information for the Army-now the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-from September 1964 through November 1967. As an interesting side note, Sgt. Audie Murphy received his Medal of Honor for actions in January 1945 as a member of then-Lieutenant Colonel Ware's battalion.