NFFE Local 2109 Claims First Place in 2011 IAM Photo Contest


NFFE is proud to congratulate the members of NFFE Local 2109 at the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY, who came in First Place with their submission to the annual IAM Photo Competition.

The winning photo was taken by long-time Local 2109 member and arsenal employee William Martin. Featuring fellow NFFE-IAM member Kathleen Seeloff, the photo was one of hundreds submitted by NFFE-IAM members from locals throughout the country. The photo shows Seeloff conducting a quality control inspection of a 120mm mortar barrel that – once assembled with various other component parts – will be ready for use by our men and women in uniform fighting overseas.

“I am honored that this photo was chosen to represent the hardworking men and women of Watervliet,” said NFFE Local 2109 President Timothy Ostrowski. “Our members work to protect our soldiers abroad every day, and we are proud to do it. I would also like to extend my thanks to the IAM for recognizing us with this award.”

The Watervliet Arsenal is the nation’s oldest continuously active arsenal. Opened in 1813 to support the military’s efforts in the War of 1812, the Arsenal currently produces much of the artillery for the U.S. Army as well as barrels for tanks, mortars, and cannons.

“Congratulations to the members of NFFE Local 2109 for all of the great work they do day in and day out,” said Dougan. “Their contribution to our security and the security of those fighting for our country abroad is immense. We are thrilled to see these employees and the work they do every day receive the recognition they deserve.”

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