Lt. Col. Barbara Vogl honored at UT-Arlington
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Lt. Col. Barbara Vogl, U.S. Army (Retired) was one of three distinguished alumni inducted in to the University of Texas at Arlington, in the Army ROTC Hall of Honor on Feb. 11 before more than 250 attendees, including three general officers.

They were Major Generals Latham and Raymond, and Brigadier General Simpson.

The Hall of Honor ceremonies, which were part of UTA’s Homecoming Week, started at 10 a.m. and ran until almost 3:30 p.m.

General Tommy Franks is a graduate of UTA.

Mrs. Vogl was recognized as the first woman graduated from then Arlington State College to be commissioned as an Army officer.

In an interesting coincidence, the current Professor of Military Science at UTA is Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer, and Cadet Captain Rickenbach, Mrs. Vogl’s host and presenter to the Hall, are both women following the path pioneered by Barbara.

Her son, New York City Police Officer John Wingate flew in from New York to join his sister Jennifer and her family, and surprise his mother by his attendance.

Wingate was at the NYPD Academy in Manhattan on Sept. 11. John and 1,000 classmates were activated hours after the strike, and did not return to the academy for months, to help deal with the carnage, confusion and chaos resulting from the terrorist attack.

Barbara, who has been active in the First Baptist Church of Gilmer since she and her second husband Mark moved to Upshur County in the spring of 2003, presently serves on the FBC staff and is the church’s organist. She also plays organ at the weekly Gilmer Rotary Club meetings.

She is also involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR) and in Republican politics. With ten grandchildren, her life has not slowed in retirement.

Barbara, who had two grandmothers born in Gilmer, was born on the family farm outside Gunter, and was raised in Grand Prairie before starting a life so filled with travel, adventure and challenge that a 40,000 word book titled A Remarkable Woman, Barbara’s biography, was written by her husband Mark. “But she won’t let me publish it,” Mark complains, with a smile. “When she’s not too busy, she edits my books.”

Witnessing the induction were half a dozen or so women from Gilmer’s First Baptist Church, women from the Mineola Chapter of the DAR, and dozens of friends and family from high school to the present day.

Barbara’s professional life spanned more than a half century, most of it involved in matters of national security as a U.S. Army officer, and then later as a District Director for Rep. Rick Lazio (R- New York).

But her contributions went well past her professional duties. Barbara donated a kidney to a complete stranger to save the stranger’s life, and they still remain in touch to this day, more like sisters than strangers.

As a part of this demanding life Barbara had three children, earned a Master’s Degree in Communications from Fordham University, where she was also a professor. She also completed the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
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