Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
DALLAS – From a Fort Carson infant excited to see his deployed father to a family saluting the flag during retreat, photos submitted in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Patriot Family “My Photo” contest honored images of patriotism, heartbreak and hope.
Of the entries submitted, five winners were selected by a panel of AAFES military and civilian leaders.
“All of the submissions came with a brief explanation, but the photos, for the most, told the big picture story of life in the military,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm, AAFES senior enlisted adviser. “All of them pulled at heartstrings and offered tremendous insight into the daily lives of America’s war fighters.”
The grand prize winner was a photo of infant Henry greeting his deployed father, Maj. Kyle Upshaw, 3rd Brigade combat team, 4th Infantry Division, through a digital camera connection on a laptop. The entry can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aafespa/ 4720939871/sizes/l/.
According to Henry’s mother, Amy Upshaw, it’s the highlight of his week to “see” his daddy who’s on a 12-month deployment in Iraq.
For their entry, the Upshaws received a Casio Exilim EX-H1 digital camera valued at approximately $300, $50 worth of digital print services at http://www.RitzPix.com and a $500 AAFES gift card.
In addition to the photo of Henry and his father, the first place winner is Kaokalia Yang of El Paso, Texas, who received a $300 AAFES gift card; second place winner is Nicolette Lanius of Fort Bragg, N.C., who received a $200 gift card; and retired Air Force Lt. Col. C.W. “Bill” Getz of Fairfield, Calif., and Brooke Conover or Fort Polk, La., and each received a $50 AAFES gift cards as runners-up.
All the entries can be viewed at http://www.aafes.com/Patriot_Family/mystory/default.asp.