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    Photo-Collage of Sgt. Cooper

    Photo-Collage of Sgt. Cooper

    I chose to create a piece that capsulated the six years I have spent in the U.S. Army Kentucky National Guard. My career path is shifting directions soon and I wanted to construct something that represents the life experiences I have had and the relationships that have been created through those experiences.

    Starting from the left, the guard tower and iguana represents my first deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I spent 10 months in Cuba and it was my first assignment right after graduating from the Defense Information School. The smoke grenade represents the soldiers running through smoke as I filmed the first video that I would be praised for by my unit. The Canon 80D body and lens is the camera that I used during multiple public affairs missions. The bugle represents the overseas mission that I undertook with the Army band in Sembach, Germany. The Army ranks and patches represent the progression in my military career. The PT belt represents the many hours I stood in the rain in basic training. The helicopter above the Panasonic camera represents my experiences riding with members of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade. The Panasonic camera represents the first camera that I was issued and my cross-training experiences from print journalist to broadcast journalist.

    I chose to have multiple points connected in the background because I wanted it to represent the lifelong relationships and connections that were created since I have been enlisted. Also, the background is green and has a rough texture because I wanted it to imply the grittiness of the U.S. Army. Everything in this piece has a specific meaning that has molded me into the Soldier that I am today.



    Date Taken: 12.13.2018
    Published: 12-18-18 09:29 AM
    Graphic ID: 4448
    VIRIN: 181213-Z-JC399-0001
    Size: 4.89 MB