Local Air Force Ball logo contest winner

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Capt. Mark Yurgil)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Capt. Mark Yurgil)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The winner of the local 68th Air Force Anniversary Ball logo contest is Capt. Mark Yurgil.

Yurgil, a 12th Air Combat Control Squadron copilot originally from Chicago, Ill., has been interested in art since he was a small child.

He has fond memories of sketching side-by-side with his father.

The inspiration for his design is the missing man flying formation. Yurgil explained most people see the formation during air shows where the aircraft fly in a V-shape with an aircraft missing.

"It was a way to take their theme (A Reflection of Honor) and represent that as a single image," he said.

Yurgil's image features three F-4 Phantoms flying over the Potomac River with the Air Force Memorial in the background.  The missing Phantom is reflected in the water.

This year's ball will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The F-4s were used extensively during the combat.

The captain was surprised when he received word that he had been selected as the winner for the contest.

"I'm certainly not the only person on this base who is interested in art. I was just the lucky guy who had the skill to make it look good," Yurgil said.