USAREUR Winners of 2016 Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition

USAREUR Announces Winners of 2016 Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition

U.S. Army Europe announced the winners of its 2016 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs competition. The annual competition recognizes excellence in print, broadcast, community relations and new media by military and civilian employees from U.S. Army Europe major subordinate commands and direct reporting units.

Named After WWII Hero KIA in Vietnam

The contest is named for Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Chief of Information, who was killed in action in Vietnam. The Army tradition of the Keith L. Ware competition dates back to 1970.

This year, visual information categories were added to the competition. Entries in all categories are judged for technical excellence in accordance with the objectives of the Department of the Army’s internal information program.

“The level of talent displayed in this competition is testament to the proven professionalism and expertise of our Public Affairs Soldiers and civilians,” said Col. Kathleen Turner, director of U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs. “Their commitment to the craft is what enables us to effectively share the Strong Europe message throughout the globe.”

First-place winners will next represent U.S. Army Europe at the Department of the Army level of the competition. For more information about the Army Europe-level competition and for links to the winners’ products, visit http://www.eur.army.mil/klw. For more information about the Department of the Army-level Keith L. Ware competition, visit http://www.army.mil/klw.

This photo of a Soldier free-falling from a Black Hawk helicopter over Germany during an airborne operations training exercise was one of several dramatic photos taken throughout 2016 that earned Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston, from 7th Army Training Command, the title of Civilian Photographer of the Year in the U.S. Army Europe level Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This photo of a Soldier free-falling from a Black Hawk helicopter over Germany during an airborne operations training exercise was one of several dramatic photos taken throughout 2016 that earned Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston, from 7th Army Training Command, the title of Civilian Photographer of the Year in the U.S. Army Europe level Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. (Photo Credit: Jason Johnston, 7th Army Training Command) VIEW ORIGINAL This photo of 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers conducting an airborne operation in Pordenone, Italy, earned Visual Information Specialist Davide Dalla Massara, from 7th Army Training Command, first place in the Pictorial Category of the U.S. Army Europe level Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This photo of 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers conducting an airborne operation in Pordenone, Italy, earned Visual Information Specialist Davide Dalla Massara, from 7th Army Training Command, first place in the Pictorial Category of the U.S. Army Europe level Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. (Photo Credit: Davide Dalla Massara, 7th Army Training Command) VIEW ORIGINAL Capturing the muzzle flash of the machine gun made this photograph stand out and snagged photojournalist Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn, from 173rd Airborne Brigade, first place in the News Photo Category of the U.S. Army Europe level Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capturing the muzzle flash of the machine gun made this photograph stand out and snagged photojournalist Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn, from 173rd Airborne Brigade, first place in the News Photo Category of the U.S. Army Europe level Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn, 173rd Airborne Brigade) VIEW ORIGINAL
Major Gen. Keith Lincoln Ware (November 23, 1915 -- September 13, 1968) was a United States Army major general and a Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program. On behalf of the Secretary of the Army, 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.
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Major Gen. Keith Lincoln Ware (November 23, 1915 — September 13, 1968) was a United States Army major general and a Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in achieving the objectives of the Army Public Affairs Program. On behalf of the Secretary of the Army, 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. (Photo Credit: US Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

List of Winners

This year’s winners include the following:

Print Categories

Category B: Army Funded (AF) News Publication (Unit Category)
1st Place: 5th Signal Command ECHO Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015

Category C: Digital Publication (Unit Category)
1st Place: 5th Signal Command ECHO Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015

Category D: Outstanding Digital Presence (Unit Category)
1st Place: U.S. Army Europe
2nd Place: 7th Army Training Command
3rd Place: 5th Signal Command

Category E: Outstanding Communications Campaign (Unit Category)
1st Place: U.S. Army Europe – Exercise Anakonda (AN) 16
2nd Place: 173rd Airborne Brigade – Saber Junction 2016
3rd Place: 5th Signal Command – Windows 10 transition

Category F: Website/Blog (Unit Category)
1st Place: U.S. Army Europe
2nd Place: 5th Signal Command

Category G: News Article (Individual Category)
1st Place: William King – 5th Signal Command — U.S. Army Signal Soldiers build relationships with UK Allies
2nd Place: Lacey Justinger – 7th Army Training Command – ISTC launches NATO Special Operations Medical Course
3rd Place (tie): Staff Sgt. Kenneth Reed – 7th Army Training Command – Swift Response 16; Staff Sgt. Daniel Wyatt – 16th Sustainment Brigade – Rapid response readiness demonstrated at 16th SB Supply Shock

Category H: Feature Article (Individual Category)
1st Place: William King – 5th Signal Command – Signal Soldiers exercise deployment readiness, expeditionary capabilities
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn -173rd Airborne Brigade – Sky Soldiers’ gun line makes it rain steel
3rd Place: Staff Sgt. Kathleen Polanco – 7th Army Training Command – Soldier 360

Category K: Photojournalism (Individual Category)
1st Place: Staff Sgt. Phillip Steiner – 173rd Airborne Brigade – Breaking language barriers in the open skies
2nd Place: William King – 5th Signal Command – Signal Soldiers exercise deployment readiness, expeditionary capabilities
3rd Place: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – 2CR, Czech Republic remember Operation Cowboy

Category L: News Photo (Individual Category)
1st Place: Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn – 173rd Airborne Brigade – Exercise Sky Soldier 16
2nd Place: Jason Johnston – 7th Army Training Command – Swift Response 16 Airborne Entry
3rd Place: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – Dragoon Ride II crosses Vistula River in Chelmno, Poland

Category M: Feature Photo (Individual Category)
1st Place: Caleb Foreman – 7th Army Training Command – Morning Run
2nd Place (tie): Staff Sgt. Brian Cline – 5th Signal Command – Rowland assumes responsibility of 2nd Signal Brigade; Jason Johnston – 7th Army Training Command – ISTC Advanced Medical Training

Category N: Infographic (Individual)
1st Place: Matthew Oldham – Strong Europe Tank Challenge Trifold
2nd Place: Christian Marquardt – 7th Army Training Command – Swift Response 2016

Broadcast Categories

Category C: Audio News Report (Individual Category)
1st Place: Staff Sgt. Adrian Patoka – 21st Theater Sustainment Command – Ammo Shipment

Category H: Video Information Program (Unit Category)
1st Place: U.S. Army Europe – Berlin Seelow Staff Ride: An Operational Overview

Category I: Video Spot Production (Individual Category)
1st Place: Matthew Oldham – U.S. Army Europe – Strong Europe Tank Challenge 17 Promo

Category J: Video News Report (Individual Category)
1st Place: Aaron Harmon – U.S. Army Europe – Cold Response 16
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Adrian Patoka – 21st Theater Sustainment Command – TLSC-E Repairs M1A2 Abrams
3rd Place: Sgt. Kyle Burns – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – Tank of 73 Easting

Category K: Video Feature Report (Individual Category)
1st Place: Aaron Harmon – U.S. Army Europe – Anakonda 16
2nd Place (tie): Matthew Oldham – U.S. Army Europe – Allied Spirit IV: Exercising Tactical-Level Readiness; Sgt. Kyle Burns – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – Together Again

Category L: Video Series (Individual Category)
1st Place: Sgt. Kyle Burns – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – EURETEX 2016 Series
2nd Place: Matthew Oldham – U.S. Army Europe – Bangalore-ious Day

Category N: Social Media Video (Individual)
1st Place: Staff Sgt. Timothy Pike – 173rd Airborne Brigade – 4-319 AFAR Conducts Training in Teulada, Italy
2nd Place: Chase Williams – 5th Signal Command – BWC video
3rd Place: Spc. Aven Santiago – 7th Army Training Command – Bundeswehr Show Skills at JMRC Ranges

Category O: “Rising Star” Award for Outstanding New Broadcaster (Individual Category)
Staff Sgt. Adrian Patoka – 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Category P: John T. Anderson Military Broadcast Journalist of the Year (Individual Category)
Sgt. Kyle Burns – 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Category Q: Clark Taylor Civilian Broadcast Journalist of the Year (Individual Category)
Matthew Oldham – U.S. Army Europe

Visual Information Categories

Category A: Digital Art (Individual Category)
1st Place: Spc. Joseph Agacinski – U.S. Army Europe Band – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Brian Cline – 5th Signal Command – Combined 0101 Bleed Thru

Category B: Identity Design (Individual Category)
1st Place: Sgt. Kyle Burns – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – Dragoon Ride Mission Logo
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Brian Cline – 5th Signal Command – Fit to Lead logo

Category C: Layout and Design (Individual Category)
1st Place: Christian Marquardt – 7th Army Training Command – Grafenwoehr Training Area Brochure
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Brian Cline – 5th Signal Command – Career Counselor poster
3rd Place: William King – 5th Signal Command – ECHO Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015, two-page spread

Category E: Training Documentation (Individual Category)
1st Place: Pfc. Rachel Wilridge – 7th Army Training Command – Fire Phobia

Category F: Multimedia Story (Individual Category)
1st Place: Christian Marquardt – 7th Army Training Command – Swift Response 16

Category G: Picture Story (Individual Category)
1st Place: Jason Johnston – 7th Army Training Command – ISTC Advanced Casualty Medical Training
2nd Place: Gertrud Zach – 7th Army Training Command – 2nd Cavalry Regiment Slingload
3rd Place: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – Dragoon Shock, Cobra Battery

Category H: Portrait (Individual Category)
1st Place: Davide Dalla Massara – 7th Army Training Command – Exercise Mountain Shock 2016
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Brian Cline – 5th Signal Command – Monochrome Monday Parker
3rd Place: Jason Johnston – 7th Army Training Command – Dog Day Done

Category I: Pictorial (Individual Category)
1st Place: Davide Dalla Massara – 7th Army Training Command – Exercise Mountain Shock 2016
2nd Place: Staff Sgt. Brian Cline 5th Signal Command – Combined Resolve VII
3rd Place: Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn – 2nd Cavalry Regiment – Anakonda 16 Poland

Category J: Military Graphic Artist of the Year (Individual)
Staff Sgt. Brian Cline – 5th Signal Command

Category L: Military Videographer of the Year (Individual)
Sgt. Kyle Burns – 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Category O: Civilian Photographer of the Year (Individual)
1st Place: Jason Johnston – 7th Army Training Command
2nd Place: Gertrud Zach – 7th Army Training Command
3rd Place: William King – 5th Signal Command

Source: US Army (USAREUR)

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