Bridget's Service in the Army National Guard
November 1984-November 1990

~ Oklahoma and Oregon ~

Spring 1985 ~ Along with the rest of her unit [not shown], the 145 Public Affairs Detachment, Bridget Smith visited Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for weapons qualifications with their issued 45 handguns] and gas mask training.

A fun reward! Visiting a unique military museum. Fellow soldier took her photo standing next to a Howitzer ~ just one of many large guns on this official Artillery Walk. The Atomic Annie was there! Smith has always had a penchant for history, all eras.

The weapons qualifications was not a big deal because in her family the custom was always to make sure each child growing up knew how to fire the loaded shotgun that always stood propped up behind the front door. No one ever had to use it, but it was always comforting to know it was there.

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