Texas Sentinels Foundation announces Susan Barlow is new Executive Officer
Susan Barlow is the new Executive Officer of the Texas Sentinels Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of injured combat veterans in Texas.
"I am looking forward to the challenges of working with the Texas Sentinels Foundation as we embrace our troops, veterans, and their families as they seek the rewarding and fulfilling lives they so richly deserve," Barlow said.
Barlow brings 25 years of military experience and 5 years of not-for-profit experience to the organization. Barlow is a Gulf War combat veteran who has also served in Iraq, Southwest Asia, Europe and various stateside assignments that include Washington, D.C., Ft. Huachuca in Arizona and Ft. Hood in Texas.
"We are thrilled to have an experienced veteran and philanthropist leading our foundation in 2012," Texas Sentinels Foundation Co-Founder Richard Filip said. "Susan has a wealth of knowledge about veterans and their needs and she has a big heart and can take our Foundation even farther so it can benefit even more wounded soldiers in Texas."
Before accepting the position of Executive Officer for the Texas Sentinels Foundation, Barlow served as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army for more than 25 years and is a retired and decorated Lieutenant Colonel.
She has worked at all levels of tactical and strategic Intelligence Operations from Platoon Leader to Company Commander to Battalion Task Force Commander within the Department of Defense.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Barlow was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, ROTC Scholarship Recipient, Distinguished Military Student and Distinguished Military Graduate and awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German Literature and Language. Barlow holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University.
Barlow’s military decorations include a Legion of Merit; Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals; two Joint Service Commendation Medal; four Army Commendation Medals; three Army Achievement Medals; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Army Service Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation Medal; and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Barlow’s other awards include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Drug Enforcement Agent of the Year Award 1996, the FBI Leadership Award 1995 and numerous awards from the DEA. Susie has distinguished herself as a soldier who leaves a legacy of service, pride, and accomplishment that truly reflects the finest traditions of military service and duty to one’s country.
Barlow and her husband, Doug Bailey, have four children: Kassidy, Cameron, Jessica and Shelby, all currently in college.
About the Texas Sentinels Foundation: Established by community-minded Realtors and businessmen and championed by one of the world’s best-known real estate companies, the 501 (c) (3) organization Texas Sentinels Foundation was founded in 2007 by Richard and Jeanne Filip. The foundation’s mission is to provide qualified members of the U.S. Armed Forces severely injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 with new homes, debt-free and adapted for their needs. The program’s support, dispensed in the form of a Life Scholarship, helps them readjust to civilian life and prosper in their hometowns or new communities, and has yielded powerful results. Since its inception, five severely-wounded soldiers in Texas have received the Texas Sentinels Foundation Life Scholarship.
For more information about Texas Sentinels Foundation, please visit www.texassentinels.org.
Photo: Texas Sentinel Foundation Executive Officer Susan Barlow.