About Us

I love reading about and hearing people's military stories.  I think other people do, too.  That is why I created this website.  For people to share their little stories, memories and anecdotes of military service, and allow people from all over to read them and comment.

 

A little background on me.  I joined the Ohio Army National Guard in April 1993.  I went to boot camp at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and Army medic (91B) school at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.  My unit was an Air Defense battalion, and I did a variety of things as a medic in that unit supporting the headquarters battery and three line batteries.  I was in this unit for nine years and made many friends I still keep in contact with today.   For a change of pace, I transferred to the Air National Guard and attended their Personnel Management School at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.  In my Air Guard unit I performed all kinds of personnel functions like making dog tags and filing papers.  For family reasons, I left the Air Guard just under a year and a half later.

 

My military experiences have always stuck with me and as many others would say of their own experience, became part of me.  I am currently a middle school Social Studies teacher in Ohio, and it is neat to use some of my military stories or knowledge in class to enlighten the kids.   My husband Dale and I are active in military events and non-profits. Not only is Dale a retired Army First Sergeant, but he is also our county's director of the Veterans Service Office.  I have a step-son and a step-daughter who were in the Army and both went to Iraq, my oldest sister is a Vietnam Veteran, and my mother was in the Navy during the Korean War.  I guess you could say I am out of the military, but still within its influence.

 In 2012 I started a wonderful adventure as a Guardian for Honor Flight Columbus and as of February 2017 have been on 17 flights. I am proud to offer this website as a place for Honor Flight veterans, Guardians and fans to share their experiences.  Pictured above is a photo from the all Purple Heart all Vietnam Veterans flight on October 22, 2016. I am standing with my assigned Veterans from left to right Joe Beightler, Mike Teynor and Ken Bonnell.

 

-Claudia Bartow



 

 

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