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Kentucky Air Guard Public Affairs scores multiple awards in NGB Media Contest

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVIILLE, Ky. -- The 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office has again been recognized for excellence, taking home multiple awards in the 2011 National Guard Bureau Media Contest.

The annual event recognizes the best work of PA offices across the National Guard, from news writing to photography.

Maj. Dale Greer, chief of public affairs for the 123rd Airlift Wing, won four awards:

- 1st place in the photojournalism category for a story and photo package on the wing's response to Hurricane Irene

- 1st place in the picture story category for a photo essay on the wing's support of Louisville Veterans Day celebrations

- 2nd place in the news photo category for a picture depicting the wing's role in a city-wide 9/11 remembrance ceremony

- 2nd place in the feature photo category for a picture depicting visitors to the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall traveling exhibit

Master Sgt. Philip Speck, public affairs manager for the 123rd Airlift Wing, took home an honorable mention for his environmental portrait of a Kentucky Airman.

Since 1995, the wing's public affairs shop has won more than 50 national awards of excellence from the National Guard Bureau, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense.

Greer is a five-time National Guard Journalist of the Year, a former U.S. Air Force Print Journalist of the Year and the recipient of a Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Award for news writing, DoD's highest journalism prize.

He won 1st place in last year's NGB Media Contest for picture story and news photo.