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108th Wing photographer nationally recognized

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hecht, a Public Affairs Photojournalist with the New Jersey Air National Guard, poses for a portrait during Operation Kriegshammer at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany July 24, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hecht, a Public Affairs Photojournalist with the New Jersey Air National Guard, poses for a portrait during Operation Kriegshammer at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany July 24, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST -- Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht of the 108th Wing Public Affairs Office received a $1,000 grant from the Eddie Adams Foundation Oct. 12, 2015, in recognition of his work as a military photojournalist and videographer.

Hecht was one of four military photographers to gain admittance to the Eddie Adams Photography Workshop in Jeffersonville, N.Y., which each year trains, the top 100 professional visual storytellers from news organizations around the world.

The foundation and workshop were founded by the late Eddie Adams, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the Associated Press who captured one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War, the execution of a Vietcong prisoner by a Vietnamese general. Adams, who died in 2004, established his annual workshop in 1988 to foster the professional development of outstanding photographers and videographers.

At the end of this year's workshop, Hecht also received the Major Herman Wall Memorial Award for Military Journalism, named for a public affairs officer who captured some of the first images of the D-Day invasion and was wounded in the battle.

Hecht, a military technician who drills with the 108th Wing, said he plans to use the grant money to support his work on a visual project that will honor Adams's legacy.