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KYANG Public Affairs sweeps Media Contest

Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, and Callie, his search and rescue dog, participate in Patriot North, an annual domestic operations exercise designed to provide natural disaster-response training at Volk Field, Wis., July 17, 2019. Callie is currently the only search and rescue dog in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton, a public affairs specialist in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, took first place for Photojournalism in the 2019 National Guard Bureau and U.S. Air Force Media Contests with his coverage of Callie, the first certified search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Senior Airman Brett Hook, a loadmaster for the 123rd Airlift Wing, closes the ramp on a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., June 1, 2019, in preparation for a deployment to France. Hook and 30 other Kentucky Air Guardsmen will participate in the 75th-anniversary reenactment of D-Day there by airdropping U.S. Army paratroopers over Normandy on June 9. The aircraft has been striped with historically accurate Allied Forces livery in honor of the event, which turned the tide of World War II in the European theater. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Lt. Col. Dale Greer, chief of public affairs at Headquarters, Kentucky Air National Guard, was named Air National Guard Civilian Photographer of the Year in the 2019 National Guard Bureau Media Contest for his coverage of a broad range of subjects, including exercises and deployments, while acting as an Air Reserve Technician. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Public Affairs Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard swept the 2019 National Guard Bureau Media Contest, taking home nine top awards before moving on to earn a first-place trophy at the U.S. Air Force level.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton took top honors in the photojournalism category of the NGB and Air Force Media Contests for his coverage of Callie, the first certified search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense. At the NGB level, he also earned first place for information story, second place for feature photo, second place for Military Photographer of the Year and third place for photo essay.

Senior Airman Chloe Ochs earned first place for video story, second place for video documentation and second place for Military Videographer of the Year, all at the NGB level, for her coverage of Callie and aircrew survival training.

The final NGB award went to Lt. Col. Dale Greer, competing as an Air Reserve Technician. He was named Air National Guard Civilian Photographer of the Year for his coverage of a broad range of subjects, from military exercises and deployments to a visit by the president of the United States.

“I’m very pleased that our Public Affairs team is getting the recognition they truly deserve,” said Brig. Gen. Jeff Wilkinson, the Kentucky National Guard’s assistant adjutant general for Air. “These awards are absolutely well-earned, based on the continuing excellence and engagement of every member of the team, and because of what they do for the betterment of our members, our citizens and our nation. Well done.”

The annual Media Contest recognizes the very best work of military journalists, photographers and broadcasters from across the Department of Defense. Thousands of entries are evaluated by civilian and military experts at the NGB and Air Force levels every year.

The latest honors add to an already extensive record for the Kentucky Air National Guard Public Affairs team, which has now earned 99 awards of excellence from the NGB, Air Force and DOD since 1995.