Living History


D-Company, 2-389 took their instructing to another level on 22 September when Sgt. 1st Class James Barber and Staff Sgt. Aaron Bickal volunteered their time to teach Cornell history students about military history. This year marked the third year of the event which takes place in Ithaca, New York.

A military petting zoo was provided to students at Cornell University, with Family members welcome. A hands on approach was encouraged with family members trying on equipment from different eras. 

The event is held annually at Professor John Weiss’ home.  Dr. Weiss teaches multiple history classes at Cornell University.  Students from his history class were welcome to attend the event.  25 students were present and were able to learn and touch equipment from Sgt. 1st Class Barber’s personal collection.  Tables and topics included WWII and Korean War era rifles, mines, and uniforms.

Sgt. 1st Class Barber is an amateur collector that has accumulated over 500 pieces of authentic military history.  He has been participating and leading this event for several years with the help of Staff Sgt. Bickal.  His teaching skills are utilized and his passion for military history is apparent during his briefs.  The two of them did an outstanding job and have again made Delta proud of their efforts and accomplishment.


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