Notes for John Douglas Bartleson III: SMSgt John D. Bartleson III Biography
John "Bart" Bartleson was born in Bethesda, Maryland on 28 January 1962. He graduated from Princess Anne High School in Va. Beach Virginia in 1980, and enlisted in the Air Force through the Delayed Enlistment Program in 1983 as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist. He entered active duty 7 July 1983.
After graduating EOD technical school in 1984 he was assigned to the 366 Tactical Fighter Wing, Mt. Home AFB, Idaho where he assumed duties supporting the F-111 Bomber and Saylor Creek Bombing Range. While assigned to Mt. Home Sergeant Bartleson was selected as Wing NCO of the Year in 1986 and was a finalist for the Air Force 12 Outstanding Airman of the Year Competition.
In 1987 he was assigned to the 1605 Military Airlift Wing, Lajes Field, Portugal where he was the NCOIC EOD Training and had additional responsibilities of being the only Air Force Munitions Inspector assigned to the island.
After his overseas assignment Sergeant Bartleson was assigned the 60 Military Airlift Wing at Travis AFB, California as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the EOD Flight. While at Travis AFB Sgt Bartleson supervised numerous off base responses, and performed his first deployment to Saudi Arabia. He earned his California Commercial Blasters License and was selected Wing NCO of the Quarter in 1993.
In 1990 he was hand selected by HQ Air Mobility Command to be the initial EOD Program Manager assigned to the 421st Training Squadron tasked to establish the newly created Phoenix Readiness EOD Program. Here with the help of his teammates Sgt Bartleson accomplished many first: creating the first DoD EOD approved Live Standoff Munitions (SMUD) Course, Intro to Fast Rope and Rappel, Principles of Explosive Quantity-Distance, Joint Planning and Execution classes, and established a new EOD range. He won best Program Manager, 3rd Qtr 1999 and was elected by his peer group to the Air Mobility Warfare Center Top 3, Vice President. While assigned to the Warfare Center he obtained his New Jersey and Pennsylvania Commercial Blasters Licenses and Anti-Terrorism Level II Instructor certification.
In 1999, after his fifth year of being assigned to Headquarters Air Mobility Warfare Center Sgt Bartleson was promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and immediately received orders to McConnell AFB, KS where he would assume the position of Superintendent EOD. While assigned to McConnell he has championed many issues at squadron, wing, command and Air Force level: twice planning, organizing squadron bivouacs, hosting the Wings first Weapons of Mass Destruction table-top exercise, planning and organizing the first McConnell Top 3 Adopt-a-Highway, justified and won HQ Air Mobility Command approval for a new Air Force EOD Multi-Purpose Response Vehicle, and performed much of the ground work for a 3,000 square ft addition to the EOD shop.
SMSgt Bartleson and his wife Jane have two daughters, Sara and Samantha. They plan to relocate back east to be closer to family and friends.
During the course of his career SMSgt Bartleson has earned many awards and decorations to include: - 1986 Distinguished Graduate and Military Studies Award Winner NCO Leadership School - 1991 Distinguished Graduate, AF NCO Academy - 1997 Graduate AF Senior NCO Academy - 2000 Bachelors Science, Work Force Education and Training, Southern Illinois University - 2002 Master Arts in Teaching, Friends University
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