180th Public Affairs Wins Big Published Sept. 15, 2016 By 1st Lt. Matt Eck 180th Fighter Wing SWANTON, Ohio -- 180th Fighter Wing Public Affairs section brought home five awards in annual Air Force media contests, recognizing excellence and professionalism in the print, graphics, photography, broadcast and musician career fields. The accolades include four top-three finishes from the National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Media Contest and a third-place finish in the overall 2015 Air Force Media Contest. "Recognition at this level is fuel for pride, and pride leads to even higher performance," said U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Reed, Vice Commander for the 180FW. "Our Airmen and this wing are in a virtuous cycle of excellence, with an impressive track record and an even more impressive future." The wing's quarterly publication, "Stinger" won two awards, first earning "Best Digital Publication" in the National Guard contest and then taking third place at the 60th iteration of the Air Force-level competition. The 180FW also earned "Best Graphics Layout & Design" for "The 180FW Annual Report Cover" completed by Staff Sgt. Amber Williams. In the "Feature Article" category, "Chaplain on Ice" by Technical Sgt. Nic Kuetemeyer took home the second-place prize and the 180FW notched a third-place award for "Portrait/Personality" taken by Staff Sgt. Williams. The 180FW submitted 14 entries in the 44-category contest winning four honorable mentions in the National Guard Media Contest. Those winning entries were then submitted to the Air Force Media Contest to compete against the active duty, reserve and the Department of the Air Force civilians. The awards are sponsored by the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs and are given for outstanding achievements in furthering Air Force and Department of Defense communications objectives.