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The Army Family Team Building program for the 254th Base Support Battalion, Schinnen, Netherlands, has been nominated for a Webby Award.

Army Community Service offices oversee the AFTB program, which is coordinated in Schinnen by Charles Ross.

“What makes us stand out is that everything is free,” said Ross, who created the Web site, http://members.lycos.co.uk/schinnen/?, last spring. “Also, we’ve been able to add a few innovations that the rest of the world is just now starting” to use.

As an example, Ross mentioned the Web site’s “virtual office park,” which lets the user access any affiliated organization without charge. Among the links is Healthlinks.net, the largest health-related directory on the Web, he said.

The Schinnen Web site will compete against other nominees in the community category. The Web site www.meetup.com — which organizes local groups and was used by Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean to build support — took home the award in that category last year.

Founded in 1996, the awards are recognized as the leading international honor for Web sites. The awards ceremony is traditionally held in San Francisco, with the first one conducted in 1997.

One aspect of the Webby Awards ceremony that sets it apart from all the others is the duration of the winners’ acceptance speeches. The rules state they are limited to five words.

Asked what he would say if the Schinnen site won, Ross thought for a moment and then said: “Army Family Team Building, Europe.”

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