Sometimes life just works out the way it should.
Last Saturday I had the honor of presenting a special award to a colleague for his work over the last decade supporting the troops. The award is called the Silver T-Square, and the recipient was Army veteran and fellow cartoonist Bruce Higdon (also known as Foghorn because of his easy country charm).
Bruce served his country in uniform, then served the troops as a cartoonist with the USO for over a decade. Here is Bruce at Ramstein AFB in Germany.
Here he is returning from Afghanistan in a C-17.
He is the one third row back on the far left, wearing purple (for reasons unclear to me).
I have been on several trips with Bruce, and I can honestly say that I have never been on one where he has not run into someone he knows – a Marine he has drawn before, a Soldier he has served with, or even a family member.
He has not only visited the troops; he has also visited children’s hospitals and put smiles on the faces of the youngest victims of disease.
According to the National Cartoonists Society website, the Silver T-Square is awarded, by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, to persons who have demonstrated outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession.
If you ask me, he fits that description perfectly.
To a T.