SER Members Receive Balsem Awards for Public Affairs Excellence
Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Seven members of the Southeast Region received a total of nine awards for their achievements in public affairs this August at the Civil Air Patrol’s National PAO Academy in Las Vegas.  The annual Maj. Howell Balsem CAP Public Affairs Exceptional Achievement Awards recognize the best public affairs efforts in nine different categories ranging from event promotion to photography to social media.

2014 Balsem Award winners and honorees were selected from the Southeast Region in the following categories: 

Certificate of Merit for Brochure/Poster/Flyer
  • Lt. Col. Brian H. Berry of the Sandy Springs Cadet Squadron, Georgia Wing, for his brochure “History of the Sandy Springs Cadet Squadron”.  
  • Maj. Ronald Clark of the North Georgia Composite Squadron, Georgia Wing, for his brochures on Cadet and General Recruiting.  
Event Promotion
  • LtCol. Brian H. Berry of the Sandy Springs Cadet Squadron, Georgia Wing, received the Balsem Award for the Sandy Springs Cadet Squadron’s 50th Anniversary Open House.
  • 2Lt. Charles Vaughn of the Jacksonville Composite Squadron, Florida Wing, received an Award of Excellence for promotion of the 2013 Great Jacksonville Agricultural Fair.
External Media Coverage
  • Capt. Ernest Lee of the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron, Florida Wing, received an Award of Excellence for coordinating coverage of CAP’s involvement in the  2013 Sun’n’Fun International Fly-in and Exposition.  
  • 1Lt. Parris M. Sepe of the Hillsborough One Senior Squadron, Florida Wing, received an Award of Excellence for coverage in the The Observer News and a Certificate of Merit for coverage in the Tampa Tribune and Brandon News.
Slideshow/PowerPoint Presentation
  • Capt. Joan Scarborough of the Brunswick Senior Squadron, Georgia Wing, received the Balsem award for her presentation “The Story of Civil Air Patrol – Then and Now.”
  • LtCol. Brian H. Berry of the Sandy Springs Cadet Squadron, Georgia Wing, received an Award of Excellence for his presentation “Sandy Springs Cadet Squaron 50th Anniversary.”
Social Media
  • Capt. Shaun J. Kelly of the Vicksburg Composite Squadron, Mississippi Wing, received an Award of Excellence for Facebook coverage entitled “Vicksburg Flight/Composite Squadron 2013 Year-in-Review.”
The awards program is named for Maj. Howell Balsem, who served as an Army Air Forces officer during World War II and as CAP PAO from 1949-1956, editing the organization’s weekly newspaper.  Balsem is credited with getting international exposure for CAP by getting a story in National Geographic.

A full listing of Balsem Award recipients can be found on the Volunteer Now website at http://www.capvolunteernow.com/todays-features/?show=news&newsID=18912.


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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.
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