CAMP ZAMA, Japan – Nine local employees were honored for their multimedia work by U.S. Army Installation Management Command–Pacific leadership during an awards presentation here Thursday.
The employees, assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs Office and its Visual Information Division, racked up the majority of accolades in the first-ever Jim “Goose” Guzior Communications Awards.
The competition is named after Guzior, who previously led the IMCOM-Pacific PAO before he died following a battle with an illness. It was created to highlight media content produced by local-national and master labor contract employees in the Pacific region, since they are not able to compete in the Army’s annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Communications Awards.
“Japan dominated this competition,” said Craig L. Deatrick, director of IMCOM-Pacific. “We very much appreciate the efforts that all of you do. The PAO efforts here are incredible.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason R. Copeland, senior enlisted leader for IMCOM-Pacific, said that “excellent” content is continually produced by the team here.
“With this being the first year that we’ve done this [contest], it shows how professional you are,” he said. “We’re very appreciative of the [Army installations in the] Pacific, as we start to do our own kind of branding for all of our garrisons. Japan is very high up on the list, because of the great work that you all are doing.”
The USAG Japan PAO also received a certificate of appreciation for the team’s production of two videos currently featured on the USAJOBS website in all vacancy announcements for Army garrisons in Japan and South Korea.
Daisuke Sato, an information editorial specialist, earned a Civilian Service Achievement Medal as part of his role in the production effort.
The videos highlight the benefits of living and working at Army installations and aim to increase the quality and quantity of prospective applicants.
“I’ve never seen a capability like this and such competent, professional people doing incredible work,” said Col. Christopher L. Tomlinson, commander of USAG Japan, about the group of awardees. “It’s an honor being able to recognize all of their hard work.”
Those honored in the Guzior communications contest include:
- Noriko Kudo: First and second place in the News Article category; first and second place in Feature Article; second and third place in News Photo; and third place in Feature Photo
- Derek Mayhew: First and second place in Illustration; first and third place in Identity Design; first and third place in Layout and Design
- Luis Casale: First and third place in Multimedia Video; first and third place in Training Documentation Video; and second place in Feature Video
- Kei Sasaki: First place in News Photo; first and second place in Feature Photo; and second place in Training Documentation Video
- Ayako Watsuji: First and third place in News Video; first place in Feature Video
- Daisuke Sato: Second place in News Video and third place in Feature Video
- Momoko Shindo: Second place in Multimedia Video
- Ritsuko Murakami: Second place in Layout and Design
- Toshiaki Shibuya: Second place in Identity Design