Continuing a winning tradition, the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office has once again brought home several awards as part of the Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Communications Awards Competition.

The annual competition, sponsored by Installation Management Command, recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence and achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program.

The Public Affairs Office won the Special Event unit award for the installation's 2016 Earth Day event in the Community Relations Category.

GUIDON editor Stephen Standifird won best series for stories highlighting service-unique training on Fort Leonard Wood. He also won second place in the Moss-Holland Civilian Journalist of the Year and third in News Photo.

"It's an honor to be representing the public affairs office, the GUIDON newspaper and Fort Leonard Wood against the best the Army has to offer," Standifird said. "The recognition is nice, but it's more about the people and units I get to write about and photograph every week."

Dawn Arden, Public Affairs specialist, won second place in the feature photo category and received an honorable mention for her work on the Fort Leonard Wood social media pages.

Each first and second place winner will now advance to the Army level competition.

Tiffany Wood, Public Affairs director, said these awards highlight the "important and excellent work" done by Fort Leonard Wood PAO staff members.

"For the past five years that I have been the public affairs director we have had a strong showing at these competitions, and it's because we have a group of talented public affairs professionals who take pride in their work and are dedicated to telling the Army and Fort Leonard Wood story," Wood said. The KLW Competition aligns with the annual Department of Defense, Defense Media Awards program, establishes competition criteria and provides the Army with guidance for recognizing the most notable work of its public affairs professionals.

Command information in the form of Army journalism began during World War I. Hand and typewritten news was spread by couriers to Soldiers in combat zones.

The establishment of the Bureau of Public Relations, in February 1941, triggered the development of the Office of the Chief of Information, Department of the Army.

In 1970, Maj. Joseph Burlas established the Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware award.