The Navy’s Chief of Information (CHINFO) announced June 15 that Naval Air Station Key West is the “Best in Show” recipient of the 2010 Thompson-Ravitz Award for Excellence in Navy Public Affairs. The air station’s submission, “Raising Awareness of Mooring Procedures at NAS Key West” was a look at the air station’s plan for communicating with the boating public the need to protect their safety by the enforcement of restricted waters near NAS Key West properties.

“This award is a testament to the dedication we have as an installation to continue communication with our partners and neighbors in the local community to ensure compatible use of the land and resources we share,” said NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Lefere.

The Thompson-Ravitz Awards Program is designed to recognize and reward the accomplishments and achievements of active duty command public affairs programs and personnel. These awards honor exceptional performance in public affairs research, planning and execution throughout the Navy public affairs community.

The awards bear the names of Rear Adm. William Thompson, the first designated public affairs officer selected for flag rank, and Rear Adm. Robert Ravitz, a former director of the Naval Reserve public affairs program and special assistant to CHINFO. These two icons in the community had a major role in establishing the high standards and tradition of professional expertise, leadership and excellence which guide Navy public affairs professionals’ actions today.

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