Courtesy photo by Gunnery Sgt. James Hardy
Gunnery Sgt. James Hardy, assigned to the Common Aviation Support Equipment Program Office, or PMA-260, was notified July 16 by the U.S. Department of State of his selection as a finalist in the "Serving Abroad ... Through Their Eyes" photo competition. The project, undertaken by the office of Art in Embassies of the Department of State, in collaboration with the Department of Defense, is in honor of AIE's 50th anniversary. Images are submitted from military, foreign and civil service members telling their stories through personal images. Hardy's photo will be on display at the Pentagon this fall before moving to the exhibition's ultimate destination for permanent collection in the new U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. There were 3,200 entries and 88 finalists. An online gallery will also be available this fall at www.art.state.gov.