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STUTTGART, Germany — The assistant editor of Stuttgart’s garrison newspaper was named 2006 Department of Army civilian print journalist of the year.

Brandon Beach of The Citizen won for stories on the Patch High School video production class making programs for AFN, a local boxing tournament called New Year’s Knockout, and a report on the local bird flu conference.

Beach said he tries to make the most of each story even when time isn’t on his side.

“It’s a story where [the reader] is going to get past the second paragraph because there’s a certain energy in the writing,” Beach said. “We’re all trying to make deadlines, but we all try to infuse as much creativity into our articles as we can.”

Following is a list of Europe-based place-winners:

PrintMagazine publication:second place, EURARMY Magazine, U.S. Army Europe; third place, Sustainer Magazine, 3rd Corps Support CommandFeature story (civilian): third place, Beach, “Patch High School video production students air on AFN”Commentary (civilian): first place, Susan Huseman, Herald Union, Giessen, Germany, “Health effects of smoking usually catch up”Sports (military): honorable mention, Spc. Alfredo Jiminez Jr., 1st Armored Division, Herald Union, “HHC, 1AD, wins division title”Story series (civilian): second place, Susan Huseman, Army Garrison Hessen, “Addressing special needs in education”Stand-alone photo (military): third place, Pfc. Matthew Moeller, 17th Public Affairs Detachment (Kosovo), “Departures to OIF continue for 25th”Stand-alone photo (civilian): first place, Dave Melancon, USAREUR, “Beninese army medics carry a ‘wounded’ comrade”; honorable mention, Beach, “Whitewater kayaker”Photojournalism (military): honorable mention, Sgt. Mary Ferguson, 3rd COSCOM: “Monster Garage”Photojournalism (civilian): honorable mention, Beach, “Summer fun in Stuttgart: Adventures abound for campers, counselors”Contribution by stringer (writer/civilian): first place, Kelly Deichert, Installation Command Europe, Herald Union, “Get the Patients and Get Out”Contribution by stringer (photographer/civilian): second place, Gene Knudson, Army Garrison Heidelberg, Herald-Post: “Lions dominate the court”Moss-Holland Civilian Print Journalist of the Year: first place, BeachField newspapers (Army category only): honorable mention, Striker Torch, 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat TeamSpecial achievement in print media (Army category only): first place, Sustainer magazine OIF (05-07), 3rd COSCOM Public Affairs

WebWeb-based publication:first place, 1st Armored Division; second place, Herald Union Online

BroadcastRadio entertainment program:first place, AFN Bavaria: Sean Patrick, “Mid-Day Show”; third place, AFN Naples “Eagle Morning Show”Radio spot/promo production: Second place, AFN Benelux, “Website Monkey”Radio news report: first place, Tony McKinney, AFN Bavaria: “Riot in Hohenfels Training Area”; third place, Natasha Schleper, USAREUR, “Polish Exercise”Radio sports report: third place, Pvt. Nathan Jones, AFN Bavaria, “Holiday Bowl”Radio newscast: second place, Jim Hart, “USAREUR News Update”Radio information program: second place, AFN Benelux: “Afghanistan Special”Television feature: second place, Michelle Michael, AFN Europe, “NPC: Elmo DVD”Television sports report: first place, Michelle Michael, AFN Europe, World Cup soccerLocal television newscast: second place, AFN Hessen ReportRegional television newscast: third place, AFN Europe Evening NewsTelevision newsbreak: second place, Michelle Michael, AFN Europe, Army combat uniformsCommand information plan: first place, Spc. Honey Walker, D.A.R.E Campaign; second place, AFN Hessen, “Connecting Soldiers with Families”Rising Star for new broadcaster: honorable mention, Spc. Richard Fink, AFN HessenTelevision graphics: first place, Chuck Seay, USAREUR: Child and Youth Services, Morale Calls logo.

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