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National Guard Bureau public affairs announces media contest winners - Colorado Airmen among the winners

3/9/10 -- ARLINGTON, Va., (3/9/10) -- Judges waded through a record-setting number of entries in the National Guard's annual media contest this year, which included more than 700 print stories and about 140 broadcast packages.

The entries ranged from stories about the Guard's efforts to empower women in Iraq to a haunted officer's club in Michigan and came from units located around the country. They were written and produced here and by deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

The 50 or so categories in the Air and Army Guard contests included feature stories, television newscasts, stand-alone photos, commentaries and community relations plans.

In the broadcast competition, Montana, Colorado and members of the Air National Guard's Training and Education Center, Tenn., were some of the multi-category winners for the Air Guard, said Army Master Sgt. Paul Mouilleseaux, the contest administrator.

"The overall quality of entries was the best that I have seen in some time," he said.

Fifteen print judges sifted through 406 Army Guard entries and 290 Air Guard entries. Contest judges were picked for their experience in military and civilian journalism, public affairs and military history.

"I was amazed by how much the Guard does all over our country, and by the contributions they make in ways big and small," said Jeri Robinson, a public affairs specialist at the Internal Revenue Service who was a new judge this year, via email. "It was a humbling, yet proud, experience."

The Colorado Air Guard stood out, with three individuals and the 140th Wing Public Affairs shop being honored in five categories:

ANG Broadcast Winners 2009:

Television News Report
Honorable Mention: Tech Sgt. Kevin Coulter, 140th Wing PA Colorado ANG

Television Feature Report
2nd Place: Tech Sgt. Kevin Coulter, 140th Wing PA Colorado ANG

Video Documentary
2nd Place: 140th Wing Public Affairs Colorado ANG

Outstanding New Photographer


Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf, 140th Wing PA Colorado ANG

Air Force Print Journalist of the Year

Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral, JFHQ Colorado ANG

"Congratulations," said Brig. Gen. Trulan A. Eyre, 140th Wing Commander, "These are more examples of our people finally getting the well-earned recognition they deserve. Well done and thanks to all who took the time to submit our members."