Defense Department Honors its Military Journalists
Defense Department Honors
its Military Journalists
By Terri Moon Cronk, American
Forces Press Service.
Fort Meade, Maryland – (AFPS)
– May 9, 2014 – More than 110 Defense Department employees and organizations
were honored today for the extraordinary sacrifices made by military journalists
and visual information specialists around the world.
The annual Defense Department Communicators of Excellence
awards ceremony was held at the Defense Information School or DINFOS, where
service members and civilians were recognized for excellence in graphic arts,
photography, videography and visual information production.
This year garnered more than 3,500 award submissions from 603
On behalf of President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel, Brent Colburn, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs,
noted the worldwide scope of coverage of DOD’s activities which includes a
presence in 94 countries. “Even with the changing mission coming out of Iraq and
Afghanistan, that global footprint is going to remain vital, and we’re going to
remain engaged around the world, so these are truly global awards,” he said.
Those honored represent the best, brightest and most-talented
of media working on every continent, in every type of situation, he added.
“Without our journalists and visual information specialists, both uniformed and
civilian, it would be difficult for [DOD] … to meet its obligations to document
our actions, tell our story and keep the American people informed,” Colburn said.
He also noted that DINFOS does an “outstanding job” every day,
providing the armed services with highly skilled print and broadcast journalists,
public affairs specialists and visual information professionals that comprise
the Defense communications team.
Thanking what he called a “unique group of public servants,”
Colburn emphasized the difficult nature of their jobs to tell DOD’s story. “You
all put yourselves in harm’s way so that our citizens can be better armed to
understand the work that the military does,” he said. “The sacrifices you make
speak not only to your character, but to the values of this nation.”
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