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By Rick Gregory, Military Analyst, PEO STRI

Inside STRI, the internal newsletter for the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), took second place honors in the newsletter/field newspaper category in the 2013 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Communication Competition.

MG Keith L. Ware, Founder, Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition

MG Keith L. Ware, Founder, Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition

The competition recognizes Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in furthering the objectives of the Department 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 outstanding achievement.

In announcing the winners, Brig. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the U.S. Army’s Chief of Public Affairs, said he was impressed with the level of entries in the annual competition.

“Please join me in congratulating our winning Soldiers and civilians. We have an impressive level of talent in our public affairs community, evident by the quality of the 588 total individual entries submitted this year,” he wrote.  “Their outstanding efforts helped their commanders and supervisors tell the Army story.”

The entries were judged by a panel comprising public affairs alumni, broadcasters, Defense Information School cadre, reporters and academicians.

Dr. Jim Blake, the Program Executive Officer for PEO STRI, said he was very pleased that Inside STRI was recognized in the Army-wide competition.

“I am very proud of our communications team, led by Public Affairs Officer Kristen McCullough, for the great work they do on Inside STRI,” he said. “Each issue of the newsletter provides timely, well-written and relevant information that supports PEO STRI’s internal information objectives. It is great to see their professional excellence recognized.”

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