by LaDonna Davis
DALLAS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division received nine awards in the 2012 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Herbert A. Kassner Journalism Award.
The Division and two of its Districts won four first place awards, three second place awards and two third place awards in the yearly competition which awards excellence in public affairs journalism throughout the Corps.
The award winning categories are:
- Web Based Publication— third place— The Pacesetter – Southwestern Division
- Human Interest Feature— first place— Stephen Sheedy – Galveston District
- Television Information Program— second place— Dig This: Dredging Along the Texas Coast – Galveston District
- Command Information Campaign— second place— Corps Cares: Communication Cutbacks – Galveston District
- Community Relations Individual Achievement— first place— Isidro Reyna — Galveston District
- Community Relations Individual Achievement— third place—James Frisinger – Fort Worth District
- Community Relations Program — first place — Corps Cares: Connecting the Community with the Corps – Galveston District
- Special Event— first place— Forever 15: Tragedy on the Water —Fort Worth District
- Special Event— second place— April Pools Day — Galveston District
“I am so proud of all of this year’s Kassner award winners,” said SWD Commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula. “Our Division and all of our District’s public affairs offices do a tremendous job throughout the year getting out the message of the Corps value to the nation. It gives me great pride to see them recognized for all of their hard work.”
The 2012 competition had 319 entries from around 44 USACE Divisions and Districts competing in 31 categories ranging from broadcast, radio, print and photography. A panel of 16 judges from outside of USACE reviewed each entry and selected the winners.
Each first place winner will be forwarded to the U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs to compete in the Army's Major General Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. The first place winner will also receive the Golden Quill award and a letter signed by the Chief of Engineers.
Herbert Kassner was a Public Affairs Officer of the former Lower Mississippi River Division for many years. He was highly respected in the USACE public affairs field, and the USACE competition was named for him in the late 1980s after he lost a long battle with cancer.
Release no. 13-006