Stars and Stripes Names 2012 Best of the Pacific Winners as Voted for by the U.S. Military Community in the Pacific Region

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Annual poll of U.S. troops stationed in the Pacific, as tabulated by the leading independent military news source Stars and Stripes in their Best of the Pacific magazine, set to reveal many old favorites and some surprising new selections among service providers.

Stars and Stripes' 2012 "Best of the Pacific" logo

Valuing [this] word-of-mouth recommendation, many winning organizations display the coveted blue logo like a badge of honor.

Stars and Stripes' 2012 Best of the Pacific magazine offers a U.S. servicemember's perspective on the places and services that best cater to their unique needs and lifestyle. Winners are tallied from votes cast by active duty military members in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines serving in the Pacific Theater, including mainland Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and Guam. Family members and dependents, civilians and retirees are also eligible to vote.

Votes poured in for favorite restaurants, Exchanges and shopping destinations, lodging facilities, golf courses and travel destinations, among other categories. Votes were placed for both on base and off base service providers.

According to Oscar Johnson, Editor of Stripes' Best of the Pacific, "We started with 30 categories - 16 on base, 12 off base and two Pacific-wide - but just as voters cast ballots in their own words, many also did so on their own terms. Some mainstays won more than one category; others won the most votes for those [categories] in which they did not belong. The Navy Club on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea, for example, swept eight categories - including two for off base facilities."

The magazine serves as a helpful guide for troops new to the Pacific, and also provides compelling suggestions for those already living here. As voter Robert Swanson of Camp Foster, Okinawa, stated, "I voted for my favorite places in the Best of the Pacific because I wanted to introduce others to great places for both family and friends to enjoy!"

Johnson says the fact that the U.S. military community selects the winners by popular vote is part of what sets Stripes' Best of the Pacific apart from other magazines and directories. He notes the prestige of being selected as a winner to businesses and organizations, saying, "Valuing a word-of-mouth recommendation, many winning organizations display the coveted blue logo like a badge of honor."

Stars and Stripes' 2012 Best of the Pacific magazine will be distributed to U.S. troops and military communities across the Pacific theater on May 31 and an online version of the magazine is available now on stripes.com.

View the Stars and Stripes' 2012 Best of the Pacific magazine here.

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