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Two Airmen in the Wisconsin Air National Guard have earned top honors in the National Guard Bureau Media Contest.

Tech. Sgt. Jon LaDue of the Madison, Wis.-based 115th Fighter Wing, took first place in the Television News Report category for a broadcast story he produced during a 2013 deployment about a joint health program between the United States and Uganda.

LaDue was also named the National Guard Bureau's Air Force Military Broadcast Journalist of the Year. This marks the second straight year the top winner in that category has hailed from the Wisconsin Air National Guard - last year, Tech. Sgt. James Michaels of the Milwaukee-based 128th Air Refueling Wing won that title.

This broadcast news story by Tech. Sgt. Jon LaDue, a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, will be judged against the best entries throughout the Air Force in the coming weeks in the Air Force Public Affairs contest.

Staff Sgt. Jenna V. Hildebrand Lenski of the 128th Air Refueling Wing received a second-place award in the Photojournalism category.

Lenski and LaDue's submissions were among more than 400 contest entries in 30 categories, according to Col. Eric Maxon, the National Guard Bureau's public affairs director.

"Your work reflects the tremendous public affairs talent you bring to your units every day," Maxon wrote in an e-mail announcing the winners. "This contest is just one opportunity to further showcase the National Guard story."

First-place entries advance to compete at the Air Force Public Affairs contest.

The National Guard Bureau will judge Army National Guard entries later this month.

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