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Keesler, Duke Field win 7 command media contest awards

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss., and the 919th Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, Fla., won more than half of the 2004 Air Force Reserve Command Media Contest awards.

Keesler AFB dominated the competition with four first-place individual awards, and the wing magazine, Gulf Wing, earned the Best Command Publication award. Duke Field took two first-place individual awards, and the wing newsletter, Midnight Express, placed second in the Best Command Publication competition.

Maj. Gen. David E. Tanzi, AFRC vice commander, announced the command’s top publications and individual award winners in a message Feb. 24. Seven days later the general presented the awards to the recipients or their representatives at the AFRC PA Deployment for Training awards banquet in Savannah, Ga.

AFRC publications, regardless of category, compete for the Best Command Publication award. Winners within each category advanced to the Air Force Media Contest in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 28-March 4.

The Associate Press from the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash., finished third in the Best Command Publication competition. It was named the best newsletter in the Department of Defense for 2003. Another newsletter, Patriot, from the 439th AW, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., earned an honorable mention in the 2004 AFRC contest.

First-place winners in the following categories represented the command in the 2004 Air Force contest:

Tabloid format newspaper

1st place: Southern Flyer, 908th AW, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

Magazine format publication

1st place: Gulf Wing, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB

2nd place: Flying Badger, 440th AW, Gen. Mitchell International Airport Air Reserve Station, Wis.

3rd place: Liberty Press, 512th AW, Dover AFB, Del.

Newsletter format publication

1st place: Midnight Express, 919th SOW, Duke Field

2nd place: Associate Press, 446th AW, McChord AFB

3rd place: Patriot, 439th AW, Westover ARB

News article

1st place: Senior Airman Heather Kelly, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla.

2nd place: Tech. Sgt. Rob Mims, Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver

3rd place: Master Sgt. Matthew Proietti, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March ARB, Calif.

Feature article

1st place: Sandra Henry, 919th SOW, Duke Field

2nd place: Tech. Sgt. Chance Babin, 926th Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

3rd place: Staff Sgt. Jennifer A. Johnson, 934th AW, Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP ARS, Minn.

Commentary writing

1st place: Tech. Sgt. Gerald Sonnenberg, 932nd AW, Scott AFB, Ill.

2nd place: Tech. Sgt. Steve Staedler, 440th AW, Gen. Mitchell IAP ARS

3rd place: Brig. Gen. William P. Kane, 302nd AW, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Sports article

1st place: Staff Sgt. J. Justin Pearce, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB

2nd place: Ms. Henry, 919th SOW, Duke Field

3rd place: Capt. Nikki Credic, 459th Air Refueling Wing, Andrews AFB, Md.

Series writing

1st place: Ms. Henry, 919th SOW, Duke Field

2nd place: 2nd Lt Rob Sperling, 514th AMW, McGuire AFB, N.J.

3rd place: Tech. Sgt. Collen Roundtree, 446th AW, McChord AFB

Stand-alone photograph

1st place: Tech. Sgt. Scott M. LaForest, 927th ARW, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.

2nd place: Tech. Sgt. Kenneth E. Sloat, 910th AW, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio

3rd place: Senior Airman Chris Hibben, 440th AW, Gen. Mitchell IAP ARS

Photojournalism

1st place: Sergeant Pearce, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB

2nd place: Tech. Sgt. Shawn D. McCowan, 910th AW, Youngstown ARS

3rd place: Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell AFB, Kan.

Art/graphics

1st place: Tech. Sgt. James B. Pritchett, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB

2nd place: Master Sgt. W. C. Pope, 439th AW, Westover ARB

3rd place: Adamarie Lewis Page, 62nd Communications Squadron, McChord AFB

Contract/stringer writer

1st place: Maj. Patrick Ryan, 439th AW, Westover ARB

2nd place: Capt. Chad Gibson, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Keesler AFB

3rd place: Maj. Frank Stepongzi, 917th Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.

Contract/stringer photographer

1st place: Staff Sgt. Linda Adams, 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Keesler AFB

2nd place: Jack Moriarty, 439th AW, Westover ARB

3rd place: Joe Oliva, 440th AW, Gen. Mitchell IAP ARS

Outstanding new writer

1st place: Sergeant Sloat, 910th AW, Youngstown ARS

2nd place: Senior Airman Jennie Morrison, 512th AW, Dover AFB

Print journalist of the year

1st place: Tech. Sgt. Jason Tudor, Headquarters AFRC, Robins AFB

2nd place: Sergeant Babin, 926th FW, NAS JRB New Orleans

3rd place: Sergeant McCowan, 910th AW, Youngstown ARS

Results of the Air Force Media Contest are expected to be announced in mid-March. First-place winners in that contest advance to DOD’s Thomas Jefferson competition in April.