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Posted: March 22, 2018 11:26 a.m.
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FORSCOM announces Fourth Estate Winners

Sgt. 1st Class Randall Pike/

A photo taken by Sgt. 1st Class Randall Pike, 3rd ID Public Affairs, was one of two FORSCOM Fourth Estate award earned by Pike; and one of several won by local 3rd ID and 50th PAD public affairs specialist.

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Several public affairs Soldiers assigned to 3rd Infantry Division and the 50th Public Affairs Detachment, won the 2017 U.S. Army Forces Command Fourth Estate Award for journalistic excellence.

The award recipients were announced, March 15, and included Soldiers from the 3rd ID; Detachment Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion; 3rd Sustainment Brigade; 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade; 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team and 50th PAD.

“In total, Fort Stewart won 10 of the 64 Forth Estate awards out of a pool of more than 330 submissions from all FORSCOM units,” said Master Sgt. Erick Ritterby, public affairs noncommissioned officer in charge, 3rd ID.

The winners of the Fourth Estate Award will move on to compete in the Department of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Competition, which recognizes military and civilian-employee public affairs practitioners. The Secretary of the Army sponsors the competition annually.

“The Keith L. Ware competition will recognize Soldiers and civilians for their outstanding competence, creativity and technical ability in 48 categories in a variety of skill sets,” Ritterby said.  “The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs conducts the judging with the goal of ensuring the best internal information products receive recognition for professional excellence and outstanding achievement.”

The 50th Public Affairs Detachment won first place in the media campaign category for their coverage of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in October 2017. 

The unit went to Fort Benning, Georgia for 30 days to tackle the complex task of highlighting the 1st SFAB’s mission and help recruit Soldiers to fill the many available positions in the upcoming six SFABs.

This mission required the right information campaign to inform the public of the Army’s newest asset.   

The media campaign was developed in collaboration with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade public affairs office, FORSCOM and XVIII Airborne Corps, said Capt. John L. May, commander of the 50th PAD. We were given broad guidance, and my team and I developed and refined our plan to tackle this mission. We told a continuous story over the next 30 days. Each article, video and photo led into the next. They all tied together, he added.

Sgt. First Class Randall Pike, the public affairs operations noncommissioned officer with the 3rd ID, won two first place awards in the news and feature photo categories.  

Pike, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the Marne division headquarters, said he submitted three photos to the competition. One photo was included in the Army's 2017 year in photos. Pike has discovered a passion for photography. 

“I like to take photos,” Pike said. “I’m a video guy by trade and I think I may have come over to the dark side in terms of which platform I now enjoy shooting more. It's super cool to win first place in two different categories.”

The next step is the Army-level competition.

“The first place winners and two honorable mentions in each category will represent FORSCOM at the Department of the Army level,” said Ritterby. “The winners from that competition will compete against all the winners from each service in the Thomas Jefferson competition for the Department of the Defense and earn immense bragging rights. All of our winners have moved forward, that’s excellence.” 

 

The local winners of the 2017 FORSCOM Fourth Estate Award: 

The 50th PAD earned first place for their 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade Media Campaign. 

Sgt. 1st Class Randall Pike, 3rd ID, received first place in both the News Photo and Feature Photo categories.  

Sgt. Arjenis Nunez, 50th PAD, earned first place in the Photo Journalism category 

Sgt. William Begley, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, received an honorable mention in the News Photo category. 

Sgt. 1st Class Ben Navratil, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, received an honorable mention in the Portrait Photo category. 

Spc. Noelle Wiehe, 50th PAD, received an honorable mention in the Picture Story category. 

Sgt. 1st Class Nikki Felton, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, eared two honorable mentions in the News/Information and Commentary categories.  

Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Melendez, 50th PAD, received an honorable mention in the photo journalism category. 


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