ROCK ISLAND ARESNAL, Rock Island, Ill. -- Winners of the Energy Awareness Program's best slogan and mascot were awarded their $100 checks Dec. 12 at a ceremony with the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison manager with a number of directors present.

The winner of the best mascot was Melody McHugh with First Army. Her entry of "Rocky the Energy Hound" was selected and a life-size cutout of Rocky was made and presented at the ceremony.

The judges had a hard time selecting the best slogan, so it was decided to have two slogans selected with the accompanying two winners. The slogan winners were Ted Scully with First Army and Mark Schneider with Joint Munitions Command. Scully's winning slogan was "Energy conservation, the smart weapon in our Arsenal," and Schneider's winning slogan was "Be a hero -- keep energy waste at zero!".

All personnel that made submittals to the contest will receive a three-pack of energy efficient CFL light bulbs, an energy efficient LED flashlight, and a 2012 energy awareness calendar.

The new Energy Awareness Program is now into its fourth month of implementation, and results are already apparent. We want to thank all personnel who have actively made it a point to turn off all lights and office equipment at their desk and in their perspective areas of work.

Additionally, thanks are in line to all the factory personnel who have participated in getting all lights and equipment turned off when it wasn't needed for the next shift.

"We haven't met with everyone yet, but we plan on getting the program rolled out to the whole installation in the next six months," said Jay Richter, installation energy manager.

Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated in the contest.