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Maryland PAO Award Winners

Maryland WIng has a long history of outstanding Public Affairs Officers, including several who have gone on to become the Middle East Region PAO of the Year and earn Balsem Awards.

Maryland Wing PAO of the Year (for unit PAOs)

  • 2016 - Capt Dennis Chappell - Charles
  • 2015 - Lt Col Sally Ludwig - Feik
  • 2014 - 1st Lt Alice Raatjes - Carroll
  • 2013 - Lt Col Christopher Roche - Glenn L. Martin
  • 2012 - TSgt Ira Kest - Frederick
  • 2011 - Capt Jacob Gerstein - Howard
  • 2010 - Maj George "Buddy" Murray, Jr. - Wicomico
  • 2009 - 1st Lt Stacey Bowen - Mount Airy
  • 2008 - 1st Lt Julie Holley - Bowie
  • 2007 - 2nd Lt Julie Holley - Bowie
  • 2006 - 1st Lt Goff  "Clark" Cochran - Glenn L. Martin
  • 2005 - 1st Lt Brenda Reed - Carroll
  • 2004 - 1st Lt Philip Szczepanski - Harford
  • 2003 - 2nd Lt Steven Solomon - MDWG
  • 2002 - 1st Lt Doug Barth - Fort McHenry
  • 2000 - Maj Robert W. Turner - College Park

Middle East Region PAO of the Year (Unit PAO or Wing PAO)

  • 2010 - Maj George "Buddy" Murray - MER Unit PAO of the Year
  • 2009 - Capt Brenda Reed - MER Wing PAO of the Year
  • 2003 - 2nd Lt Steven Solomon - MER Wing PAO of the Year
  • 2000 - Capt Kay Joslin Walling - MER Wing PAO of the Year

National CAP Balsem Awards for PAO Excellence

  • 2016 - Lt Col Christopher Roche (MDWG) - Balsem Award (external media coverage: South Carolina Flood Mission/2015 Tri-Wing Encampment)
  • 2016 - Capt Alice Raatjes (Group 2) - Award of Excellence (external media coverage: Women's History Month)
  • 2016 - Capt Alice Raatjes (Group 2) - Award of Excellence (external media coverage "Women and CAP: 75 years of history")
  • 2016 - Maj Brenda Reed (MER/MDWG) - Balsem Award (Photographer: South Carolina Floods)
  • 2016 - Maj Brenda Reed (MER/MDWG) - Balsem Award (Social Media: "Happy 74th Birthday, CAP")
  • 2016 - Lt Col Christopher Roche (MDWG) - Award of Excellence (social media "Maryland Wing conference and Tri-Wing Encampment Facebook pages"
  • 2016 - Maj Brenda Reed (MER/MDWG) - Balsem Award (Website: MER PAO blog)
  • 2015 - Capt Alice Raatjes (Carroll) - Balsem Award (Open House brochure)
  • 2015 - Lt Col Christopher Roche (MDWG) - Award of Excellence (2014 Tri-Wing Encampment external media)
  • 2015 - Capt Alice Raatjes (Carroll) - Certificate of Merit (Power Point: 2014 Conference)
  • 2015 - Capt Alice Raatjes (Carroll) - Award of Excellence (Carroll squadron Facebook)
  • 2015 - Capt Alice Raatjes (Carroll) - Certificate of Merit (Group II website)
  • 2014 - Maj Brenda Reed (MDWG) - Balsem Award (Maryland Wing Memories - Facebook)
  • 2014 - Lt Col Christopher Roche (Glenn L Martin) - Balsem Award (Squadron Facebook and Twitter sites)
  • 2014 - Lt Col Christopher Roche (Glenn L Martin) - Certificate of Merit (Squadron Website)
  • 2014 - Lt Col Christopher Roche (Glenn L Martin) - Award of Excellence (Photography - 2013 Legislative Day and Cyber Patriot V Awards Banquet)
  • 2013 - Col Kathryn Joslin Walling (MDWG) - Balsem Award (Brochure/Poster/Flyer)
  • 2013 - Col Kathryn Joslin Walling (MDWG) - Balsem Award (Slide/PowerPoint Presentation)
  • 2013 - 1st Lt Carlos M. Montegue (Charles) - Balsem Award (Website)
  • 2013 - Lt Col Joseph R. Winter (MDWG) - Balsem Award (External Media Coverage)
  • 2010 - Capt Julie Holley (Bowie) - Honorable Mention - (Writing for the Media)
  • 2010 - Capt Julie Holley (Bowie) - Award of Excellence - (Event Promotion/Crisis Management)
  • 2010 - Maj Brenda Reed (MDWG) - Balsem Award (Website)
  • 2010 - Maj Brenda Reed (MDWG) - Balsem Award (Photography)
  • 2007 - Capt Steven Solomon (MDWG) - Balsem Award - "Best in Show" (radio/media program)

PAO Ace Awards for Exceptional PAO Activity

  • 2013 - Lt Col Christopher Roche - Glenn L. Martin
  • 2013 - 2nd Lt Alice (Sam) Raatjes - Carroll

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