Command Sgt. Major Joseph Medlin and Matthew AndrewsAndrews' illustration
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Winthrop student's illustrations for the S.C. Army National Guard will be highly visible in Afghanistan in the next few weeks.
Senior Illustration major Matthew Andrews recently designed a patch for the National Guard’s 178th Engineers Battalion for use on their vehicles, banners and training manuals, among other uses. The battalion - a special squad of soldiers designated “Task Force Panther” - will be deployed this spring to oversee other squads and to build roads or fix infrastructure.
Andrews of Waxhaw, N.C., updated the logo so the battalion could bring greater awareness to their efforts. The illustration shows a panther on top of a castle, the symbol of engineers since medieval times to honor the individuals who overcome walled fortifications.
National Guard officials said the engineers play an increasing role in the military as they are brought in to shape and deny or funnel enemy troops in a given area. They often bear the brunt of the Army’s manpower needs.
The colors used in Andrews’ illustration, in this case, red and black, demonstrate unity, team building and pride in their field.
Command Sgt. Major Joseph Medlin of the 178th Engineers Battalion recently presented Andrews with an award and “a challenge coin” as a memento for his services, which were donated.
"This was a project for prestige, not money. I have a great deal of respect for the military, and I'm glad I could provide my talents for their cause," Andrews said.