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123rd's Public Affairs Office earns six national awards of excellence

Senior Airman Charles Fredrick, a carpenter in the structures section of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron, drives tent stakes during a training scenario at March Air Reserve Base, Calif, on June 8, 2015. The exercise was designed to simulate a real-world mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Joshua Horton)

This photo, showing a Kentucky Air National Guard civil engineer during field training, was part of a story and photo package by Senior Airman Joshua Horton of the 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office that won first place in the Photojournalism category of the 2015 National Guard Bureau Media Contest. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Julien Borchert, a squad leader for the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron, shouts commands during a field training exercise at Ft. Knox, Ky., Oct. 20, 2015. Unit members were being evaluated on their ability to extract a downed pilot from a simulated Afghan village. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

This image, taken by Master Sgt. Phil Speck of the 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, depicts a training exercise conducted by members of the 123rd Security Forces Squadron. The photo won second place in the Documentation category of the 2015 National Guard Bureau Media Contest. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Capt. Ross Farling, a C-130 pilot in the 123rd Airlift Wing, hugs his daughters during an emotional homecoming ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., July 4, 2015. Farling was among 39 Kentucky Air Guardsmen who were returning from a deployment to the Persian Gulf region, where they've been supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel since February. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)

This image, taken by Lt. Col. Dale Greer of the 123rd Airlift Wing, depicts the warm homecoming of a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard following an overseas deployment. The photo won first place in the News category of the 2015 National Guard Bureau Media Contest and second place in the U.S. Air Force Media Contest. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Army Soldier salutes Air Force One April 2, 2015, as it arrives at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., carrying President Barack Obama. The president was in town to speak about job training and economic development. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)

This image, taken by Lt. Col. Dale Greer of the 123rd Airlift Wing, shows Air Force One on the flight line of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., during a visit by President Barack Obama. The photo won second place in the Feature Photo category of the 2015 National Guard Bureau Media Contest. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Fire Team members from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron conduct training to recover a simulated downed pilot inside a mock Afghan Village at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 20, 2015. The Airmen were required to execute a coordinated search while defending their positions and engaging hostile enemy forces. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)

Fire Team members from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron conduct training to recover a simulated downed pilot inside a mock Afghan Village at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 20, 2015. The Airmen were required to execute a coordinated search while defending their positions and engaging hostile enemy forces. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the sixth consecutive year, members of the 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office have earned multiple awards of excellence, taking home six honors in the 2015 National Guard Bureau and U.S. Air Force media contests.

At the National Guard-level competition, Senior Airman Joshua Horton won first place in photojournalism for a story and photo package covering field training by the 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron; Master Sgt. Phil Speck took second place in the documentation category for his photo of 123rd Security Forces Airmen conducting training at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Lt. Col. Dale Greer won two first-place awards in news photos and photo essays for his pictures depicting Airmen arriving home from an overseas deployment and conducting field exercises at Fort Knox. Greer also won second place for a feature photo of Air Force One on the flight line at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base.

At the Air Force level, Greer's homecoming image won second place for news photography.

"I am extremely proud of the work being accomplished by our Public Affairs team," said Brig. Gen. Warren Hurst, Kentucky's assistant adjutant general for Air. "They are true professionals who blaze a trail of excellence. I congratulate them on another round of well-earned awards."

The annual media contests evaluate hundreds of entries in news and feature writing, photojournalism, broadcasting and publications design. Competition is fierce, with entries originating from all across the Air Force. Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of professional journalists.

The 123rd Airlift Wing Pubic Affairs Office has won more than 80 national awards of excellence from the NGB, U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense since 1995. Past honors include Air Force Print Journalist of the Year and a Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Award for news writing, DOD's highest journalism prize.