Army Materiel Command has recognized the best of the best in public affairs across the installations and materiel enterprise in its 2019 David G. Harris Public Affairs Competition.
The AMC Public Affairs office established the David G. Harris Public Affairs Competition in 2015 to recognize excellence for public affairs practitioners throughout the Army Materiel Command. The competition is named for Harris, former public affairs chief of the Missile Command – now known as the Aviation and Missile Command.
During his tenure in the materiel enterprise from 1962-95, perhaps Harris’ greatest contribution was his effort to ensure the successful fielding of the Pershing II missile. He kept the media, Congress and the public apprised of the missile’s status, essentially giving Pershing II the time and chance to succeed.
For the fifth iteration of the annual competition, three non-AMC affiliated judges reviewed more than 80 submissions across the enterprise and selected 30 winners; five of which are competing at the Army level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. Winners for the Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Competition will be announced in the next several months.
The 2019 David G. Harris Public Affairs Competition winners include:
Overall (will compete at the Army level Maj. Gen. KLW competition): Army Communicator of the Year: Maria Cavins, Installation Management Command. … Civilian Photographer of the Year: Marcus Fichtl, IMCOM. … John T. Anderson Military Videographer of the Year: Daniel Malta, IMCOM. … Moss-Holland Civilian Writer of the Year: Richard Bumgardner, Security Assistance Command. … Kathy-Canham Ross Award of Distinction: Teresa Rangel, Fort Bliss Public Affairs, IMCOM
Broadcast: Long-Form Production Video: “USASAC Command Video,” Tim Hanson, USASAC. … Short-Form Production Video: “SecArmy visit to Anniston Army Depot,” Ben Williams, Anniston Army Depot, Tank-automotive and Armaments Command. … Operational Videography: “Get Snowtified! Inclement Weather Warning System,” Jason Tudor, Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, IMCOM. … Training Videography: “Austrian SOF training Burkinabe soldiers in IED detection,” Richard Bumgardner, USASAC. … Video Spot: “Protect the Warfighter – don’t use USB ports,” Jason Tudor, Garrison Reinland-Pfalz, IMCOM. … Video Story: “FMS & Army Readiness,” Tim Hanson, USASAC. … Video Series: “Share Your Story Sunday,” Danielle Weinschenk, Tobyhanna Army Depot, Communications-Electronics Command. … Non-Narrative Story: “Friendly Competition: BOSS vs. Vatican Swiss Guard Soccer Tournament,” Maria Cavins, Garrison Italy, IMCOM. … Social Media Video: “Anniston Army Depot – Safety Is,” Ben Williams, Anniston Army Depot, TACOM
Community Engagement: Community Relations Program: Garrison Italy Community Relations Program, Garrison Italy, IMCOM. … Community Relations Special Event: Fort Leonard Wood Community Relations Special Event, Fort Leonard Wood, IMCOM
Graphic Arts: Layout and Design: “USAG Italy Campaign Poster 2020-2025,” Maria Cavins, Garrison Italy, IMCOM. … Infographic: “Where There’s Smoke,” Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, IMCOM
Photography: Training Photo Series: “Defense Language Institute’s ‘Drill Sergeant of the Year’ competition,” Marcus Fichtl, Presidio of Monterey, IMCOM. … News Photo: “Tactical Combat Casualty Care at Camp Pô,” Richard Bumgardner, USASAC. … Feature Photo: “Family event makes a splash,” Thomas Robbins, Tobyhanna Army Depot, CECOM. … Portrait: “Master of the Megazord: Q&A with 11th ADA Patriot officer, top Army eSports gamer,” David Poe, Fort Bliss, IMCOM. … Picture Story: “Flintlock 2019,” Richard Bumgardner, USASAC
Print: Printed Publication: “June 20, 2019 Herald Union,” Garrison Wiesbaden, IMCOM. … PDF Publication: “The Real McCoy Online,” Fort McCoy, IMCOM.
Outstanding Digital Media Management: “Tobyhanna Army Depot Public Affairs,” CECOM. … News/Information Story: “Global Health Engagement at Flintlock 2019,” Richard Bumgardner, USASAC. … Feature Article: “‘Finn’s gonna be Finn;’ Fort Bliss Soldier talks having a child with Down syndrome,” Michelle Gordon, Fort Bliss, IMCOM. … Commentary: “Newest Soldiers, future vets embody America’s hopes, dreams,” Terrance Bell, Garrison Fort Lee, IMCOM. … Photojournalism: “Halvorsen: Children of Berlin valued freedom above all,” Emily Jennings, Garrison Wiesbaden, IMCOM