Archive

ShareThis Page
Childhood love affair with history, military is fulfilled | TribLIVE.com
News

Childhood love affair with history, military is fulfilled

Tribune-Review
| Saturday, September 30, 2006 12:00 a.m

During his childhood days growing up in California, Barry Crane always had a love for the military and history.

He would spend his days as a young boy playing “army” with his father’s military attire and feeding his interest in history by reading.

And now, at age 34, Crane has turned both of his passions into a successful career.

Crane lives in Dayton, Ohio, where he is a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He works as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force for the company Bearing Point in Dayton.

A 1990 graduate of California Area High School, he attended California University of Pennsylvania for one year before transferring to The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C. He earned a bachelors degree in history and entered the Air Force, earning the rank of second lieutenant.

After graduating college his first assignment was at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. While on active duty, he traveled to the Middle East nine times. After the terroristic attacks of Sept. 11, he spent two months in the Middle East, where he worked as a logistics planner at an air operations center. During those two months, he was part of the air war over Afghanistan.

While his tour of duty included tumultuous assignments, he was able to see many parts of the Middle Eastern countries during his visits there.

Crane said he “loved” visiting many areas of the Middle East.

“There are so many areas there that aren’t seen on the news and the people there are just wonderful,” he said. “When you tell them you’re an American, they will talk to you for hours.”

After he left active duty in 2001, he began working as a consultant to the Air Force and received his master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Dayton. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in military history.

“It’s my goal to someday teach history on the college level,” he said.

Outside of his professional career, Crane is busy as a devoted dad to his son, Ryan, 4.

A die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he is already instilling in his young son a love for the black and gold. His son already has three Steelers jerseys.

Crane admits living in the heart of Cincinnati Bengals territory isn’t always easy for a Steelers fan, but he wears his black and gold with pride and never backs down from a good debate when it comes to his hometown team.

“The rivalry here against the Steelers is huge,” he said. “I work with two other guys from the Pittsburgh area so we constantly wear our black and gold gear and call them band wagon fans.”

He is also a Pittsburgh Panthers football fan and enjoys taking his son to minor league baseball games. He also enjoys playing indoor and sand volleyball and reading in his spare time.

Crane also loves to travel and has taken his son to the exotic beaches of the Virgin Islands and is planning a trip in February to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

He also travels back to California to visit his parents, George and Mary Lou Crane, his sister Lori Sphar and niece, Ashley Sphar.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.