Holloman AFB Master Sergeant's photos put on exhibit at Pentagon

Holloman AFB Master Sgt. David Long appears at the opening of the Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 12, 2017. (DoD photo by Roger L. Wollenberg)

From a young age, Master Sgt. David Long, the 54th fighter group staff F-16 base engine manager, has been interested in photography. This is a hobby he picked up from his father but placed second to his short-lived U.S. Army career as an infantryman, and current 15 year U.S. Air Force career as the 54th fighter group staff F-16 base engine manager. Photography is David’s therapy, his way to escape from the real world. Once his sight is set through the camera lens, David is in his own world, creating images that he does not even fully notice until after he looks back at his work. David believes his work is aesthetically appealing but has never seen it as a big deal until now.

Long was just recently honored at the Pentagon for his photo contribution to the Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit. Not only was he coined by Navy Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, the Director of Defense Health agency, but one of his photos was placed as the frontrunner of the exhibit. The rest of his photography and biography are prominently displayed at Apex one and two of the Pentagon.

“I wasn’t even a member of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program until July 2016,” Long said. “In January I got contacted by them saying, ‘hey since we know your art work is photography, send us some shots and a quick bio and picture of you.’”

Long sent his photos to the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program office in San Antonio, Texas, and was contacted back in April 2017.

“They said, ‘hey your pictures are getting put up in the Pentagon in the Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit’ so I was kind of blown away,” Long said. “I was like holy cow it’s not in a broom closet.”

Long said he received a certificate for his photography and further recognition from the distinguished guests.

“Mrs. Goldfein, a three star general, and the Director of the Defense Health Agency made an appearance,” Long said.

“I really picked up photography when I was on my deployment,” said Long. “I was an air advisor for the MI-17 program, so I was down in Kandahar for a year and shot

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