Deployed Airman wins design contest

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  • By Maj. Belinda Petersen
  • Air Force Services Agency Public Affairs
Air Force Services Agency officials here announced the winner of the T-shirt contest recently here.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Cruz, a radio frequency transmission technician from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., won the contest out of 174 submissions in the adult category. The award was presented to Sergeant Cruz at his undisclosed deployed unit. His design received 1,178 votes.

As the winner, Sergeant Cruz will receive $2,000 in prizes that includes a laptop computer and graphics software.

Also, Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials will produce his design and offer the T-shirts for sale.

"AAFES is excited about the 'High Speed Life' T-shirt designed by Sergeant Cruz," said James McConnell, an AAFES softlines buyer. "We plan to make the T-shirt available not only at Robins AFB, but (also) throughout the Southeast United States."

"I couldn't believe that I won, especially because I entered late into the contest," Sergeant Cruz said. "Overall I was shocked and extremely happy and proud of myself. Thanks to all who voted."

Last year, Air Force Services Agency officials launched, an interactive site to help Airmen stay connected, informed and engaged in programs as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.

"The theme of our campaign is 'The Air Force is a great place to live, work and play,'" said Mike Bensen, the deputy to the commander of Air Force Services Agency. "Our focus is to make it even better for our Air Force family. The Web site highlights the core 'Year of the Air Force Family' programs and activities."

"The site features programs and competitions that will roll out through the year," said Debbie Karnes, an Air Force Services Agency spokeswoman We are focusing on the 'play' part of 'The Air Force is a great place to live, work, and play' campaign. "There's something for everyone: short story, video short, original song, and photography competition. The site also offers a place for visitors to provide quips and quotes on how the Air Force has enriched their lives in the 'Roger That' section. There's even a new, fun InstaPoll to participate in."

To find details about the current short story competition and to enter, Airmen and eligible patrons of Air Force MWR programs can log on to