21st TSC’s Web site named

by Sgt. Maj. Cameron Porter
21st TSC Public Affairs

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s Web site won a Department of the Army-level journalism competition award March 20.

The Web site, www.21tsc.army.mil, was selected as the third best Web-based publication in the Army by a panel of experienced military and civilian print and broadcast journalists during the 2008 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition.

Mike Bowers, the webmaster for the 21st TSC Public Affairs Office, did a complete redesign of the site in July soon after being assigned to the command.

Mr. Bowers served for 20 years in the Air Force as a public affairs specialist and culminated his active-duty service as an instructor at the Defense Information School. He also served as a sports reporter for the European edition of Stars and Stripes and has been an Army civilian public affairs specialist since 1994.

Sgt. Jonathan Pruett, a broadcast journalist with the 21st TSC PAO, received two U.S. Army Europe first place awards and one honorable mention in the radio and television spot production categories.

Sergeant Pruett has served in the 21st TSC for more than three years – his whole career. He is also an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter. He is currently taking classes with American Intercontinental University online in pursute of a bachelor’s degree in visual communications and digital design.

Staff Sgt. Tyrone Basnight, a member of the KMC’s Warrior Transition Unit and a volunteer at the 21st TSC PAO, received a first place USAREUR award for single or stand alone photo provided to a publication by a stringer.

Staff Sergeant Basnight has more than 20 years of active Army service and volunteers during his off time with the KMC youth sports programs along with his wife, Master Sgt. Althea Basnight, who works in the 21st TSC’s logistics division.
Angelika Lantz also received a first place USAREUR award in the print news category of the competition.

Ms. Lantz is a local national employee at the 21st TSC PAO, an accomplished Army journalist and public affairs specialist, and a life-long native of the Kaiserslautern area. She is married to retired Lt. Col. John Lantz, who serves in the 21st TSC’s support operations division.

Sgt. Fay Conroy, a 21st TSC PAO print journalist, received two USAREUR honorable mention awards in the categories of single or stand alone photo and print news.
Sergeant Conroy served in the 8th Army PAO in Korea before being assigned to the 21st TSC in September.

Sergeant Conroy is working on her bachelor’s degree in history with the University of Maryland University College. She is married to Spc. Bill Conroy, a combat medic with the 212th Combat Support Hospital in Miesau. 

Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, 21st TSC commanding general, recognized Mr. Bowers, Sergeant Pruett, Staff Sergeant Basnight, Ms. Lantz and Sergeant Conroy in a short awards ceremony March 24 on Panzer Kaserne.

Major General Fontaine presented the awardees with plaques from the competition along with commanders’ coins, praising the 21st TSC PAO for its hard work.
He said the individuals receiving the awards are “what great strategic communications is all about.”

The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition recognizes military and civilian-employee print and broadcast practitioners and products for journalistic excellence.

The contest is named for a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and former Army chief of information who was killed in action in Vietnam while serving as the 1st Infantry Division commander.