Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, Installation Management Command commanding general, announced Friday that the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office has once again placed in several categories in the command’s yearly communications competition.
During the competition, 30 judges from across IMCOM helped select the winners from more than 170 submissions in print, graphic arts, community engagements and broadcast categories from garrisons around the world.
Deputy PAO Stephen Standifird won first place in Picture Story, Feature Photo and Feature Story categories; placed second in Photojournalism and Sports Article categories; and placed third in Infographics, Commentary and Sports Photo categories.
“It is a great honor to be recognized among so many talented journalists and photographers across all of IMCOM,” Standifird, who was managing editor of the GUIDON during the competition year, said. “I just have to thank all of the outstanding service members and units that allowed me to tag along. Without their support, I wouldn’t have been able to capture these moments or write about their lives.”
Six of Standifird’s winning categories have moved forward to compete at the Department of the Army level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Communications Awards Competition.
Ryan Thompson, PAO specialist, placed second in the Social Media Video category with the “12 Days of Basic” video series.
“It’s really cool to get recognition for doing something that was so much fun to put together. Winning at this level just pushes me to try to come up with new ideas and to do better in next year’s competition,” Thompson said. “I am lucky to work with such a creative and talented group of people. Everybody in the office pitched in and helped with the project.”
This annual awards program recognizes public affairs professionals for journalistic excellence and furthers the objectives of the Department of the Army public affairs program, to “Tell the Army Story”.