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Photo Project to Frame 'A Day in the Life' of the U.S. Military

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2002 – More than 100 commercial and military photographers will chronicle DoD personnel on duty stateside and overseas Oct. 7, 2002 to tell the U.S. Armed Forces' story in pictures.

The "Day in the Life of the Armed Forces" project is a collaboration between DoD and Epicenter Communications Company.

One hundred top civilian photographers, including Pulitzer Prize winners, and up to 15 senior military photographers will conduct the worldwide shoot at 100 locations. The contributions of both military and civilian personnel will be documented.

Navy LT Andy Liggett, DoD's Project Officer, said Epicenter, under the agreement, will use resulting images to publish a "coffee-table" style hardcover book of photographs: "A Day in the Life of the United States Military." The planned publication date is May 17, 2003, Armed Forces Day.

Victoria Clarke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, outlined the project in a memorandum sent to the service secretaries, service chiefs of staff and the Coast Guard Commandant.

The project goal, she wrote, "is to show the sacrifice and dedication of the men and women serving their country on that day in history." The production, she continued, is an "excellent opportunity to increase the awareness of the American public" to the daily operations of the U.S. military.

Clarke also said select photographs would be incorporated into a traveling museum-quality exhibition.

At least half of the photographs would be taken at overseas locations, Liggett said, including forward-deployed units engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom missions in the war against global terrorism.

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