In the Installation Management Command-level 2010 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition, the results of which were announced Feb. 22, U.S. Army Garrison Natick won the unit award for best website.

Natick took first place in Category F, Website, followed by USAG Schweinfurt in second place and USAG Daegu in third place. Honorable mention went to USAG Baden-Wurttemberg.

Up to three winners in each unit and individual category will now represent IMCOM at the Department of the Army-level competition, which "recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs program."

Army winners advance to the Thomas Jefferson Awards competition for the Department of Defense.

"All of our employees, uniformed and civilian, are volunteers," said Brig. Gen. Harold Greene, senior commander, Natick Soldier Systems Center. "A strategic task we all have is to identify the next generation to replace ourselves. It is absolutely essential that we find the right folks with the right skills to maintain the critical capability provided by the Natick Soldier Systems Team. This is a superb and innovative enabler to sustain our capability."

Lt. Col. Kari K. Otto, Natick garrison commander, pointed out that "society, in general, is very web-centric nowadays, so you live and die by the quality of the information, the quality of the media, on your website.

"This is another way to get Natick on the map, and it's another way to augment the overall strategic communications that we're trying to have with the rest of the Army as to what Natick is, and where we are, and what we do, and the great work that goes on here with the mission side."