SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Army Installation Management Command\'s top public affairs professionals were honored April 21 at the Secretary of the Army Major General Keith L. Ware Awards ceremony during the Army Installation Management Symposium.

Twenty individuals and representatives from 21 installations who went on to represent IMCOM at the Army-level competition received plaques from the Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, the Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of IMCOM and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, and IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola.

The Keith L. Ware Award distinguishes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs program. The Secretary of the Army sponsors the program and the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the competition annually in order to recognize, cultivate and inspire excellence within the Army Public Affairs community.

The competition consists of 42 print, broadcast and electronic journalism categories and three community relations categories. Some categories recognize units while others identify individual achievement.

The 2010 Major General Keith L. Ware Award winners, listed by category, include:

Print - Unit
- Metro Format Newspaper: Fort Leavenworth Lamp, represented by garrison commander Col. Wayne Green

- Best Tabloid Newspaper: Fort Bliss Monitor, represented by garrison commander Col. Joseph Simonelli. Fort Bliss also won top honors in the Television Information Program category for their "Safety Awareness Video." Both awards won in the Army competition as well.

- Magazine-Format Publication: "Perspectives" magazine, published by the Family, Morale
Welfare and Recreation Command, represented by co-producers Ed Griffin from FMWR
marketing and Bill Bradner from FMWRC public affairs

- Newsletters and Field Publications: Down Range, published at Ft. A.P. Hill, represented by garrison commander Lt. Col. John Haefner. Down Range won at the Army level as well.

Electronic Communication Products - Unit
- Web Publications: "Army War College Community Banner," produced by Carlisle Barracks,
represented by garrison commander Lt. Col. Janet Holliday. The publication won at the Army
level as well.

- Website: USAG Natick, represented by garrison commander Lt. Col. Kari Otto

- New Media: "Yongsan Live! Community News in Real Time" by U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan,
represented by garrison commander Col. William Huber

- Command Blog: "Command Video Blog" from USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg, represented by
garrison commander Col. William Butcher. The blog also won at the Army level.

- Radio Information Program: "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" from III Corps and Ft. Hood,
represented by garrison commander Col. Mark Freitag

- Local Television Broadcast: "USARJ This Week" from USAG Japan, represented by garrison
commander, Col. Perry Helton

-Command Information Campaign: "Native Hawaiian Command Information
Campaign" by USAG Hawaii, represented by garrison commander Col. Douglas Mulbury

Community Relations - Unit
- Special Event: "JROTC Day" by USAG Redstone Arsenal, represented by garrison commander Col. John Hamilton

- Program: "Roman Dig Project" from USAG Wiesbaden, represented by garrison commander
Col. Jeffery Dill. This project also won the Kathy Canham Ross award of distinction for being the
best out of all community relations submissions to IMCOM.

Print - Individual
- News Article by a civilian: "Energy Rodeo" by Stephen Baack, Fort Bliss

- News Article by a military member: "Digital Rodeo Helps Army Look at Smart Phone Apps," by
Lt. Col. Deanna Bague, Fort Bliss. Bague also won the military division of the photojournalism
competition for her story and photos titled, "1st Cab Seeks Improvement with Modernization of
the Army." She was recognized in three television categories.

- Feature Article by a civilian: "Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Deal with Real-World Burn Pains"
by Steve Elliott, Fort Sam Houston

- Feature article by a military member: "Meaning of Kimchi Pot Gate Revealed" by Sgt. Kim
Hyung-Joon, USAG Yongsan. His award was accepted by Yongsan Public Affairs Officer Dan

- Commentary: "Confused About Mobile Phone Plans Abroad'" by Douglas Demaio, USAG

- Story Series by a civilian: "Home Again" by Brittany Carlson, USAG Stuttgart

- Story Series by a military member: "The Five Senses of Seoul" by Sgt. Opal Vaughn, USAG

- Sports Story by a civilian: "Teen Soccer Star Has Heart of Champion," by Chuck Cannon, Fort
Polk. He also won Civilian Print Journalist of the Year, a significant accomplishment.

Photojournalism - Individual
- Photojournalism, civilian category: "The Big Hookup" by T. Bell, Fort Lee

- Best Photograph by a civilian: "Hooah Soldiers" by Doug Rule, Fort Carson. Fort Carson Chief
of Public Affairs Dee McNutt accepted the award on his behalf.

- Best Photograph by a military member: "Sparky the Firehouse Dog," by Spc. Richard Canfield,
USAG Yongsan

Stringers -Individual
- Writing Contribution by a Stringer: "Horseback Riding Program Now Provides Certified
Therapy" by Dimice Perry, Fort Sam Houston

- Photojournalism Contribution by a Stringer: "Redeployed Soldiers Learn to Communicate as Team" by Monica Wood, Fort Sill. The photo also won at the Army level.

Broadcast - Individual
- Radio Spot: "Patton's Pub" by David Howard, Fort Hood

- Radio Features Report: "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" by Julia Conner, Fort Hood

- Television Spot Production: "Army-Navy Game" by Jay Mann, Fort Rucker

- Television News Report by a civilian: "Electric Cars" by Daniela Vestal, Fort Bliss

- Television Feature Report by a civilian: "Electric Cars" by Daniela Vestal, Fort Bliss

- Television Sports Report: "Gridiron Soldiers & Airmen" by Gary Nap, Fort Riley

- Television Newsbreak: "Hawaii Army Weekly: Native Hawaiian Covenant" by Jack Wiers, USAG