A Fort Drum Civilian Employee took his place among Department of Defense journalists who were honored Friday for the outstanding quality of their work.
Steve Ghiringhelli, staff writer with The Mountaineer, won the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award in the New and Traditional Media Division’s news article category for “Parents of fallen Fort Drum warrior receive Silver Star on son's behalf.”
The annual Defense Department Communicators of Excellence awards ceremony was held at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md., where service members and Civilians were recognized for excellence in journalism, graphic arts, photography, videography and visual information production.
This year garnered more than 3,500 award submissions from 603 entrants.
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.
Ghiringhelli qualified to compete for the Thomas Jefferson award after winning the news article category of the Department of the Army’s Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition and the U.S. Army Installation Management Command-level award in that category.
The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Competition recognizes journalism excellence in furthering the objectives of the Department of the Army public affairs program.
Since joining the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office in October 2009, Ghiringhelli has won news writing awards at the regional, IMCOM and Army levels.
Earlier this year, he also won first place at IMCOM in the story series category for his two-part feature "We didn't leave anybody behind," and second place in news photo category for “Simulated Helicopter Crash.”
Adapted from an American Forces Press Service article