Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Travis B Bradley

Walla Walla, Washington

March 2, 2016

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
36 Army SSG


 Served 2 tours in Iraq. PTSD.

In Loving Memory

SSG Barton Travis Boyd Bradley

February 19, 1980—March 2, 2016

Travis would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a kind offer he couldn’t refuse, for an appointment from which he won’t be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends that he has not seen in a long while. The job security and benefits are really too good to be true. His new mission will be taking him to a wonderful place where he will be biking, running and watching and rooting for the War Eagles, from VIP seats in the sky box. The food, we hear, is delicious, and you never gain an ounce. His wishes for all of his loved ones, is to celebrate the time he spent here, for now it is completed.

Now is the time for us to all come together and make sure he knows that during his time here on earth, he did a great job. And we wish him well on this new journey. We will forever remember his great smile, silly faces, passion for the outdoors and his love for his family and friends. He was a hard worker, even right up to the very end. He had a huge heart and made a difference, in so many people’s lives. He had dedicated his life to God and lived knowing and feeling, the Lord’s love and grace.

Travis Bradley, 36, of Bel Air, MD, earned his angel wings and flew to heaven, Wednesday March 2nd, 2016.

Barton Travis Boyd Bradley was born on February 19, 1980, at St Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, WA. to Barton and Mary Boyd Bradley. He graduated from Arcadia High School, Scottsdale, AZ. in 1999 and then went on to spend 2 years at Scottsdale Community College. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country, Travis heard his calling and enlisted in the United States Army. He chose to be a part of the Infantry and he went on to complete his Basic training and infantry training at Fort Benning, GA. His first duty station was at Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs, CO. He was stationed there for 6 years and during those years he would end up being deployed to Iraq, twice, to fulfill two, one year tours. He was part of the Fourth Infantry 3rd Brigade, Company C. When he returned to Fort Benning, he taught land navigation. He loved being in the outdoors. He cherished all the beautiful sunrises and bragged frequently about how “the view from his office was amazing”!! He recently relocated to Aberdeen Proving Ground, in Maryland, in June of 2015, where he took on a position with the Research Development and Engineering Command.

Travis’s greatest accomplishments are his two beautiful children, Emma Jane (age 5) and Tatum Ryder (age 2 1⁄2). He also took great pride in his 14+ year career with the US Army and had achieved rank of Staff Sergeant. Travis was a true outdoors enthusiast. He loved distance running and participated in many rough terrain/obstacle course runs. He also loved cycling. He rode both long distance street cycling and off road mountain biking. It was nothing for him to say he was going out for a bike ride to only have him come home with a hundred mile ride under his belt. He enjoyed getting out and exploring new territory. He would fill his backpack up and off he would go, either on foot, bicycle or by taxi/ tram/train. He would spend the day sightseeing and taking in the local cuisine. Taking photos and posting them for all to enjoy. He had recently gone on a weekend getaway, with Stacey, and learned to snow ski. Another item, he could finally check off his bucket list.

Travis is survived by his parents, Bart and Mary, of Scottsdale, AZ.; his children, Emma Jane and Tatum Ryder Bradley; his soulmate and the keeper of his heart, Stacey Handshoe; and their 3 fur babies Brownie, Bella and Zara, at the couple’s home in Bel Air, MD.; four sisters, Bonnie (Travis) Martin, of Spokane, WA.; Brandy Lafferty, of Walla Walla, WA.; Dana (Tom) Patterson, of Nampa, ID.; and Katie (Marty) Melland, of Lake Stevens, WA. He is also survived by a brother, Carrick Bradley, of Scottsdale, AZ., along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Travis will be greatly missed by so many people, but we will remember him always, and we will reflect on a couple of his favorite sayings ... “Jesus is my homeboy” and “what is impossible with man is possible with God” Luke 18:27.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA. at 1:00 pm on Tuesday March 15th, with burial to follow at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 SE Myra Road, College Place, WA. Viewing will be held at the funeral home from 9:00 am-8:00 pm on Monday, March 14th.

The family requests that all donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, in Travis’s name at: www. woundedwarriorproject.org/donate. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview- colonialdewitt.com. 

For some memorial snapshots, click photo below:


March 15, 2016

They came to honor Travis. Click photo below:

March 15, 2016

From The Baltimore Sun baltimoresun.com 03/04/16:

APG staff sergeant killed by Harford Sheriff's deputies after armed standoff in Bel Air

By Bryna ZumerContact Reporter The Aegis

Harford County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 36-year-old staff sergeant from Aberdeen Proving Ground, who said he wanted to "go out in a gunfight," after a 2 1/2-hour standoff in Bel Air that began late Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff's office said.

The man was identified Thursday as Travis Boyd Bradley, believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Sheriff's Office Maj. William Davis said in a press conference early Thursday afternoon.

Bradley was an active-duty staff sergeant assigned to the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, a tenant unit on APG, spokesperson Joseph Ferrare confirmed Thursday.

"The loss of any soldier, regardless of the situation, is tragic," said Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, APG senior commander, in a statement. "Right now our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the soldier's family and all those impacted by this event."
The incident, which began at 3:30 p.m., made for a chaotic scene on Althea Court, off Tollgate Road near the Festival at Bel Air shopping center, as the small cul-de-sac of town houses was flooded with tactical units and residents reported being unable to exit or enter their homes until about 9 p.m.

Three deputies fired 20 rounds at Bradley after "all indications were that he was ready for a fight and he told us he was going to shoot it out with us," Davis said. The deputies have been placed on administrative leave.

Three guns, including an assault rifle, were later found in the house, Davis said.

"He was not armed when he was shot, but we did believe, based on some of his statements, that he had some explosives in the house," as well as on his person, Davis said.

Bradley's girlfriend, who Davis said was not in the house, originally told police at about 3:30 p.m. that Bradley "was possibly armed with a handgun" and was suffering from PTSD, Davis said Thursday.

He was also reported to be intoxicated, Cristie Kahler, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said Thursday.

After spending about 30 minutes trying to reach the man by "personal contact and phone," he came out on the home's back deck and fired two rounds from an assault rifle, sending deputies scattering for cover, according to Davis and an earlier press release.

The man retreated back into the home, and no one was injured.

After the gunfire, deputies set up a perimeter and "moved to safeguard" area residents, with the Special Response Team of the Special Operations Division taking over command of the incident, according to a press release sent late Wednesday.

The team tried to negotiate with Bradley, together with the Crisis Negotiation Team, "to bring the incident to a peaceful end," according to the release.

"This is a townhouse community. We are trying to make sure everyone in the community is safe," Davis said, explaining the man also indicated to police "he planned to shoot it out with the officers outside the house."

At about 6:30 p.m, Bradley "came out of the house and presented himself in a threatening manner, gave indication he was armed," Davis said.

Fearing for their safety and that of the surrounding community, deputies shot and mortally wounded him, according to the release. No deputies or other residents were injured.

An initial investigation turned up several firearms, which were seized from the house by investigators and forensic service detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division, according to the release.

The weapons in the house gave "the indication that he was ready for us to make an assault," Davis said, as a rifle was propped against a front window and another firearm at a dresser.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal also thoroughly searched the house to ensure no incendiary or explosive devices were in the area.

Davis said the Sheriff's Office had continually tried to offer Bradley help.

"We were trying to let him know we were there to help him," he said, but Bradley was indicating "he was going to go out in a gunfight."

"It is certainly a difficult situation because everyone understands the pressures of PTSD and we are trying to be sensitive to that as well," Davis said.

Aberdeen Proving Ground declined to release further information on Bradley's military background Thursday, citing the ongoing investigation, Ferrare said.

'You just can't fix things like that'

Nicole Heider says Bradley, her sister's ex-husband, was transferred to Aberdeen Proving Ground a year ago.

Bradley was stationed at Fort Benning in western Georgia and was told his position there would be permanent, Heider said.

The move to Harford County was troublesome for Bradley, who left a toddler with his ex-wife and a young child from a prior marriage.

"He FaceTimed with his kids every day," said Heider, who lives in Ohio with her husband and children, but still carries a Southern accent from growing up in Alabama. Heider said her sister and Bradley's second child still live in Alabama.

Heider said Bradley suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving overseas.

"He had been deemed no deployable because of his PTSD," she said. "He had been in programs before."

She said he struggled with alcohol and the death of a close friend while on duty in Iraq.

"He had been doing really good for a while," she said. "My sister and him are divorced now because he had so many problems. At the time he couldn't stop drinking. He got sober and clean; met a girl [in Maryland.]"

But the anniversary of the death of his close friend was problematic every year.

"His Facebook posts have changed since then. That was a big key factor," Heider said of Bradley's stress.

The anniversary of his friend's death was this week, Heider said.

"You just can't fix things like that," Heider said. "I just feel like our government has abandoned so many of their veterans. I think this is a result of that. Of course, I don't know what happened there."

Heider said Bradley was on the phone with his ex-wife when the shooting took place.

"She was telling him please don't do this. And he was telling her he just wanted to die," Heider said. "He was going on about his friend. And he just said he wanted to die."

The Baltimore Sun's Sean Welsh contributed to this article.

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