NATCHITOCHES – Two Northwestern State University art students were winners of a poster contest sponsored by Barksdale Air Force Base’s 2nd Bomb Wing. Geoffrey Hollis of Deer Park, Texas, and Jared Roy of DeRidder were winner and runner-up respectively in the quarterly contest to design a poster for the foreign object debris (FOD) program that coordinates preventative measures to guarantee the B-52H Stratofortress stays airworthy. This is the first time an outside agency submitted posters for the FOD program and the first time a runner-up was selected, according to Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland, 2nd Bomb Wing public affairs.
Hollis, the winner, received a certificate of recognition and a personalized tail flash plaque. His poster will be on display at the Touch-N-Go flight kitchen. Roy also received a certificate. 2nd Bomb Wing Vice Commander Col. Reid Langdon presented the awards.
"The submissions of the NSU students will go a long way towards raising the awareness of FOD and ultimately helping us prevent damage to our aircraft and help us save lives," Langdon said. "We look forward to a continued partnership with NSU students in the future and appreciate the creativity our Airmen and the students of NSU have brought to the FOD program. Since it's everyone's responsibility to help keep a watchful eye for potential FOD threats, the poster program helps raise awareness and prevention by getting not just maintainers involved in the fight against FOD.”
The B-52H Stratofortress is valued at more than $73 million and provides the backbone of the bomber force with the ability for global attack and precision arrangement.
"The president of Northwestern State University saw an article that highlighted the FOD program earlier this year," said Tech. Sgt. Steven Vance, 2 BW FOD monitor. "Shortly after, I was contacted by Sean Aldrin, an NSU professor, about submitting his students' work. After reading the article Mr. Alderin gave his students an extra credit assignment to create a FOD poster that would be submitted to us."
Aldrin, assistant professor of art in Northwestern State’s graphic communications program, won the annual National Aerospace FOD Prevention, Inc. conference poster contest in 1997 and knew exactly what the FOD program was and how important it is the prevention of damage to aircraft. He instructed his students on what the FOD program is what the posters are for.
"I wanted the students to know that they would be making something that could impact not just their grade, but others," said Aldrin. "The students that participated in the poster contest had a great time working on the posters and put a lot of thought and hard work into them."
For more information on the Department of Fine + Graphic Art at Northwestern State, visit art.nsula.edu.