Ohio National Guard News

Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air receives second star

Story by Bill Pierce, ONG, Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Pavlik, ONG


COLUMBUS, Ohio (1/10/13) — Ohio has a new star. Brig. Gen. Mark E. Bartman was promoted Jan. 10 to the rank of major general. He is now Ohio's third assistant adjutant general for Air to receive a second star.

For Bartman, it is always about paying particular attention to the Airmen.

“In the flying business, we talk about being a wingman or leader,” he said. “It really comes down to two things, taking care of your Airmen who work for you, and taking care of your bosses who you work for.”

Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, Ohio adjutant general, was in attendance and applauded Bartman as a natural leader.

“It's amazing the difference in respect that you get with that second star,” Ashenhurst said. “The work he's doing for us at the national level, as well as the state level, opens doors for him to go into other meetings where he could not go into as a one star.”

Bartman's Family joined him onstage during the ceremony, as his wife, Christi, pinned on his additional star. Also present were his children Ashley, Nathan and Aubrey. His brother Kerry, along with his brother's wife Mary Ann and daughter Niki, traveled from North Carolina to be at the ceremony.

“To be where I am at right now is truly a testament to people that I served under, and those that have worked for me and who have mentored and helped me along the way,” Bartman said.