CAMP ZAMA, Japan – Nine local employees were honored for their multimedia work by the leadership of U.S. Army Installation Management Command – Pacific during an awards ceremony here Thursday.
The employees, assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs Office and its Visual Information Division, won the majority of accolades at the first-ever Jim “Goose” Guzior Communications Awards.
The contest is named after Guzior, who previously led IMCOM-Pacific PAO before he died following a battle with illness. It was created to highlight media content produced by local-national and master labor contract employees in the Pacific region as they are unable to participate in the annual Major General Keith L .Army ware.
“Japan has dominated this competition,” said Craig L. Deatrick, director of IMCOM-Pacific. “We very much appreciate the effort you all are making. The PAO’s efforts here are incredible.
Commanding Sgt. Maj. Jason R. Copeland, enlisted leader for IMCOM-Pacific, said “great” content is continually being produced by the team here.
“As this is the first year we’ve been doing this [contest], it shows how professional you are,” he said. “We really appreciate the [Army installations in the] Pacific, as we begin to create our own branding for all of our garrisons. Japan is very high on the list, because of the great work you all do.
USAG Japan PAO also received a Certificate of Appreciation for the team’s production of two videos currently featured on the USAJOBS website in all job postings for Army Garrisons in Japan and Korea. South.
Daisuke Sato, a news writing specialist, earned a Civil Service Medal of Honor for his role in the production effort.
The videos highlight the benefits of living and working on Army installations and aim to increase the quality and quantity of potential candidates.
“I have never seen such ability and such capable and professional people doing such incredible work,” said Col. Christopher L. Tomlinson, commander of USAG Japan, of the group of honorees. “It’s an honor to be able to recognize all of their hard work.”
Those honored in the Guzior Communication Contest include:
- Noriko Kudo: first and second place in the category of press articles; first and second place in the feature article; second and third place in News Photo; and third place in Feature Photo
- Derek Mayhew: first and second place in illustration; first and third place in Identity Design; first and third place in layout and design
- Luis Casale: first and third place in multimedia video; first and third place in the training documentation video; and second place in the presentation video
- Kei Sasaki: first place in News Photo; first and second place in Feature Photo; and second place in the training documentation video
- Ayako Watsuji: first and third place in News Video; first place in the presentation video
- Daisuke Sato: second place in the news video and third place in the presentation video
- Momoko Shindo: second place in multimedia video
- Ritsuko Murakami: second place in layout and design
- Toshiaki Shibuya: Second Place in Identity Design
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