REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Army Contracting Command Public Affairs specialists earned 11 Army Materiel Command Maj. Gen Keith L. Ware Public Affairs awards for 2012, AMC announced March 1.

ACC collected six first-place awards, two second-place awards, and three third-place awards, according to the announcement.

"This is great news for our public affairs team," said Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general. "But I must say I'm not surprised. Our public affairs team does a tremendous job telling the ACC story. These awards just validate my opinion."

First-place awards by category were:

- Magazine publication, "ACC TODAY," the command's quarterly magazine, edited by Larry McCaskill, ACC Public and Congressional Affairs
- Initiatives in New Media, ACC 2012 social media program, managed by Beth Clemons, ACC Public and Congressional Affairs
- Website, Public Affairs partners with the ACC chief information officer G6 and deputy chief of staff, Human Capital G1 staffs to produce
- Human Interest Feature Article, "ACC historian predicts Zombie apocalypse in 2013," written by McCaskill
- Contribution by Stringer, "More traveling in store for Moore," written by Liz Adrian, ACC-Rock Island, Ill., public affairs officer
- Civilian Journalist of the Year, David San Miguel, ACC Public and Congressional Affairs.

Second-place honors:
- Personality Feature Article, "Soviet turned American citizen excelling for her new homeland," written by McCaskill
- Contribution by Stringer, "Rocking his way," written by Adrian

Placing third:
- Tabloid-Newspaper, MICC Communicator, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Ben Gonzales, Dan Elkins and Ryan Mattox, MICC Public and Congressional Affairs
- Web-based Publication. MICC Communicator, MICC Public and Congressional Affairs
- Photojournalism, 413th CSB Soldier captures ACC NCO of the Year," by McCaskill

All first-place winners have been forwarded by AMC to compete for Army-level Keith L. Ware awards.

According to the Army's website, the Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards communication competition recognizes Soldiers and Army civilian employees for excellence in furthering the objectives of the Army public affairs program. The Secretary of the Army sponsors this competition annually. The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts judging with a goal of ensuring the best internal information efforts receive recognition for professional excellence and outstanding achievement.

Ware, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945, served as the deputy chief and chief of Information for the Army--now the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs--from September 1964 through November 1967. As an interesting side note, Audie Murphy received his Medal of Honor for actions in January 1945 as a member of then Lieutenant Colonel Ware's battalion.