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Army Awards Community-Relations Programs

By Joe Burlas
USAREUR Public Affairs

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The USAREUR Soldier's Chorus is headed by Capt. Dwayne S. Milburn (left), executive officer and director for the chorus.
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Sharing a theme of reconnecting the Army with the American public, eight commands earned awards for having the Army's best community relations programs and special events during 2001.

Maj. Gen. Larry D. Gottardi, chief of Army Public Affairs, presented the awards to command representatives during this year's Army Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium Feb. 4 in McLean, Va.

The Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office garnered an honor new this year: the Chief of Public Affairs Award of Distinction, in both the program and special-events categories.

Other community-relations program winners, in order, were: Fort Lewis, Wash., for its "Community Connections" program that formally linked surrounding civilian communities and specific civic leaders with units; U.S. Army Europe for its Soldiers' Chorus international musical diplomacy tours of the Balkans; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for its "Humanitarian De-mining Awareness" campaign.

Other community-relations special-events winners, in order, were: Fort Leonard Wood for an Army birthday event that reached a national audience; Fort Stewart, Ga., for a civic leaders tour of soldiers deployed in Bosnia; and Fort Riley, Kan., for a Korean War remembrance retreat ceremony.

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