The U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) recently announced results of the 2018 IMCOM-level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Communications Awards Competition.

Thirty-five judges from across IMCOM helped select winners from Army garrisons around the world in more than 130 submissions in print, graphic arts, community engagements, and broadcast categories. Additionally, IMCOM is one of the largest commands in the Army.

Fort McCoy was recognized with a second place (runner-up) finish in Category C: Digital Publication (Unit Category) for The Real McCoy Online.

Significant contributors for this award included Scott T. Sturkol, Aimee Malone, Theresa R. Fitzgerald, Bill Coppernoll, and Tonya Townsell with the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.

Sturkol serves as the newspaper editor/public affairs specialist, and Malone serves as editorial assistant/staff writer.

The Nov. 23, 2018, edition of The Real McCoy Online was the issue submitted for the award.

The edition included stories about training at Regional Training Site-Medical and the post's Cold-Weather Operations Course, the garrison commander's first six months at Fort McCoy, the installation Native American Heritage Month observance, Veterans Day activities, Fort McCoy history, and more.

Malone also was recognized in one other category. She earned a third-place finish in Category D, Feature Photo. Malone's photo, titled "The Doodler," featured Illustrator Jason Gerke drawing a caricature for a Fort McCoy summer camper Aug. 30, 2018, at the Fort McCoy Youth Center.

The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Communications Awards Competition recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program, according to the competition website,

On behalf of the Secretary of the Army, the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the competition annually to recognize, cultivate, and inspire excellence within the Army public affairs community. The competition also aligns as closely as possible with the annual Defense Media Awards, establishes competition criteria, and provides the Army with guidance for recognizing the most notable work of its public affairs professionals.

The Real McCoy Online earned first place in the same category in 2017, earned third place in the competition in 2015 and 2016, and also had a second place in 2014. The online edition earned similar placings in past years as well. Both of Fort McCoy's award placings moved up to compete at Army-level competition.

The Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office also received recognition throughout 2018 through the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).

The office earned monthly trophies for "Most Uploads by a Unit" in January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, and December, ensuring the office had the most uploads for all of 2018 to DVIDS in all of the Department of Defense (DOD).

Sturkol also earned "Most Uploads by a Storyteller" on DVIDS in 2018 from January to October and in December, also the most in DOD.

The Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office also has earned the same DVIDS trophies for January and February 2019.

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(Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)