2017-08-11 / Front Page

Lion Brigade Soldier showcases creativity in SHARP contest

35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade

COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO Today’s Soldiers are multifaceted and have a wide variety of skills and talents. Sometimes those talents aren’t particular to their military occupational specialty, but useful nonetheless.

Spc. Yamil Vila, a cryptologic linguist administratively controlled by the 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, is one such Soldier who took his recreational skills of photography and graphic design and turned it into an award winning poster for a Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention poster contest.

“My executive officer told me about the contest and instilled the confidence in me to give it a try and win. I got my inspiration from other posters I had seen and from some of the lessons I’ve learned in design,” said Vila, a native of Puerto Rico.

“When I saw the poster during judging I knew it was a winner,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nancy Barnes, the Lion Brigade SHARP coordinator. “His use of all the ranks and the message was exactly what I was looking for.”

“I instantly thought we should send this to the Department of the Army it was that good,” said Barnes. “We did everything we needed to get this to the Department of the Army and we recently got word back that it will be included into the next round.”

Being a member of the intelligence community, an artistic touch isn’t something you’d expect, but Vila stated, “photography and design was one of my first interests and I have kept up with it during my career using it sparingly or when asked to such as making coins for units that I have been in and making things used for local units. I really enjoy it, and have been thinking about changing my MOS and going into graphic design.”

Having Soldiers with talents and skills not organic to their specialties is something the Army prides itself on using those to further the Army narrative of diversity in every way.

Vila’s poster will be viewed by thousands of Soldiers across the Army and it gives him a sense of pride knowing his creation was selected and is now part of the Army’s message on SHARP.

“Having this accomplishment definitely made me feel good about my progression in design and hopefully I can further use my skills to help the Army going forward,” said Vila.

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