Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander, presented the Spirit Pin design winner at a Hill staff meeting May 1.
Brad Lundell, T-38 and F-5 Landing Gear engineer, took top honors by incorporating wings, a state of Utah shape and the star to represent the Hill AFB location. Also included are symbols of the Department of Defense, the Air Force and F-16s.
"The year before I saw the competition in an email; I thought it sounded fun," said Lundell. The engineer started to come up with a design concept, and then got tied up with some other things and missed the deadline.
He played around with the design and refined it before submitting his final design this year.
Lundell has participated in other design competitions before as an art major in school before he changed his educational focus to become an enginer.
"I think (engineering and art) are very related because you are always dealing with designs," he said. "Engineering is really more of a hand's on art because you get to see how things work."
With 14 designs submitted this year for the Hill AFB Spirit Pin award the selection of a winner presented quite a challenge for Marilyn Dean, Center Awards manager, , and the Spirit Award committee.
"Each pin design was unique and in reviewing them each inspired pride and spirit for Hill Air Force Base and our country," said Dean. "I am inspired every day by the professionalism, hard work and dedication of our work force."
The spirit pin cannot be purchased and must be earned via the Spirit Award, a peer-level recognition award generated by the work force at Hill AFB.