Colonel Bartow was commissioned in December of 1991 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Norfolk State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
His previous military assignments include Air Defense Platoon Leader and Operations Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division; Battalion Assistant S3 and later Troop Commander in 4th Squadron 7th Cavalry, Republic of Korea; Operations Research Analyst at the United States Army Accessions Command; and several key positions at Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff and the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR), culminating as the Chief of Manning Branch, OCAR, Programs, Analysis and Evaluation Division. Colonel Bartow assumed command of 5th Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division on July 15th, 2011.
He is a graduate of the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, the Aviation Advance Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Strategy Course. He holds a Masters Degree in Operations Research from the Florida Institute of Technology and was a RAND Fellow from 2007-2008. He is currently enrolled in the Army War College and will graduate in July 2013.
Colonel Bartow’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Joint Commendation Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Korean Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Army Aviation Badge. He deployed to Afghanistan as part of Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 82 and later, CJTF-101 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.
Colonel Bartow is married with two children.