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TRADOC Logo Installation

A few months from now, I know someone is going to start a conversation with me about today’s events. It will begin like this, “Remember that time you sobbed for about twenty minutes over some YouTube video?” I assume a couple of red flags are going off in your head. One, why is this chick sobbing in the office? And two, “Why was she watching YouTube videos in the office? What kind of job is that? How do I get said job? When can I quit my current job and get paid to do what she is doing?” It’s a little embarrassing that I sobbed in the office, but it happens to the best of us. Okay, well, maybe just me, but you know. I’m embracing it.

We are currently working on a logo at Fort Eustis for TRADOC (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command). They help train our soldiers, keep up to date with the army’s doctrines and oversee 32 army schools. Nearly 600,000 soldiers and service members go through them every year. I thought it would be a great idea to link to a video of a “surprise homecoming” of a service member to their family. What I didn’t anticipate were the many surprise videos or my emotional explosion of tears and weird hiccup-sobs. My nose is still running. Gross, but true. So, here’s the link. You can join me in the tears (happy ones). My original intent was to link these two things in an inspiring, interesting way. But, due to my newly compromised emotional state, I’m going to switch the focus to a break down of the logo rather than a breakdown of me.

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So, the logo itself started with a concrete sidewalk (just a traditional little slab, you know). This was grinded down to create an inset for the logo and was cleaned. Then, the massively-large-bigger-than-our-giant-trucks steel frame containing the motto, “Victory Starts Here!” and “TRADOC” was placed inside that inset and attached (using epoxy). They then cleaned it once more (seems a little anal if you ask me, but I haven’t vacuumed my bedroom in a month), and began adding the different colored epoxy which seemed very similar to the paint by numbers phenomena. All the different colors contained bits of mirror and glass to give it a reflective shine effect. Then they grind the logo until it was so shiny, the reflection itself was telling them to stop.

There you go. The logo looks great. I look a little puffy. You win some, you lose some.

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