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Joe Galloway Lifetime
Achievement Award


The Joe Galloway Lifetime Achievement Award is an annual award which recognizes a lifetime of sustained support to the U.S. Army – generally – and to the Army Public Affairs/Visual Information community – specifically – through extraordinary contributions to the practice and profession of Public Affairs/Visual Information. A qualified candidate must have a minimum of 20 years experience in communications, public affairs, and/visual information. The award is presented to a practitioner whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession of communications in support of the Army and the Army Public Affairs/Visual Information community. The candidate may have served in the federal service, the U.S. Army Active Component, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or in the civilian sector and is now retired.

This distinctive award was established in 2010 and is only given to one recipient each year.


2023 - Col. Doug Coffey (retired), Army Public Affairs Officer; co-founder, first president and first chairman of the Army Public Affairs Association
2022 -- Jack E. Gordon, retired Army Public Affairs NCO and civilian employee PAO with more than 35 years service
2021 -- Tansill R. Johnson, retired senior Army Civilian PAO, and Lt. Col. (retired) Ryan Yantis, Army Public Affairs Officer, founder of OCPA Midwest
2020 -- Award program paused
– Col. (retired) Larry Icenogle, retired colonel and Army civilian employee with nearly 50 years of service 
2018 – Don Carr, retired Army Public Affairs NCO and civilian employee PAO of Fort Belvoir with more than 40 years service
2017 – Maj. Gen. Mari K. Eder (retired), former Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, communications executive, author, lecturer and mentor
2016 – Sgt. Maj. Larry Whitley, Public Affairs Sergeant Major
2015 – Jean Offutt, former PAO of Fort Bliss
2014 – Clark Taylor, founder of Soldiers Radio and TV
2012 – Col. (retired) Donald P. Kirchoffner, APR, Fellow PRSA
2011 – Jerry Voros, former CEO of Ketchum, supported first PAO training with industry
2010 – Joseph E. Galloway, journalist and author


The Galloway Award is named after Joseph E. “Joe” Galloway, a war correspondent and reporter on military and national security issues. He is the only civilian to whom the U.S. Army awarded the Bronze Star for valor for rescuing wounded Soldiers under fire during the Vietnam War. He is co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once, – And Young.” 

The award was established by the Army Public Affairs Association to recognize career-long support to the Army public affairs community.

The Army Public Affairs Association deeply thanks ScoutComms for their years of sponsorship of the Galloway Lifetime Achievement Award. Future sponsor(s) will be announced at a later date.
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