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By Brendan Capria
Redskins.com Contributing Writer
Shelia Barton was decked-out in burgundy and gold athletic gear – from her wind suit to her sneakers.
In downtown Phoenix, Barton paraded through the Super Bowl festivities in her Washington Redskins getup.
Make no assumption, though, the Super Bowl was not an incentive to go the extra mile.
About 1,000 miles east in Fort Hood, Texas, when Barton was not a walking Redskins billboard, she was a camouflaged marching soldier.
Barton, 62, retired from the military having served 21 years (1962-1993) as a first class sergeant in the Army. She did four tours overseas: Panama, Korea and Germany twice.
“There’s a lot of Redskins fans in the military,” Brown said, who brought Redskins gear with her on the tours. “Hey, we show our colors no matter where we go.”
Since her retirement, Barton has travelled the world honoring World War II veterans. She attends ceremonies dedicated to the veterans – even in her hometown in Charles City, Va.
Her roots have stood their ground.
She remembers watching a plethora of games as a child before enlisting. Barton said Redskins Nation was all she knew, so through her military tenure she “stuck with it.” The Redskins have been 1,500 miles away for more than two decades. She doesn’t care.
Barton makes it a point to attend four home games annually. In the 2014 season, she attended the home opener against Jacksonville, Seattle, Tampa Bay and the season finale versus Dallas. She laughed.
“[Dallas] beat us but I was at the stadium in Dallas when we beat them,” she said. “We went crazy. The stadium was Redskins.”
Barton anticipates sitting down with the 2015 schedule and choosing two more home games to attend. As for the other two: she always attends the home opener, and the Salute to the Service game which honors her decades of work.
“We follow the Redskins no matter where they go,” Barton said. “There are Redskin fans all over the country.”
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