By Kristin Rover
Sergeant First Class Bradley Oberklaus of the United States Army returned from Afghanistan in March and was recognized for his service by the Board of County Commissioners during their July 31 meeting.
Oberklaus attended the commissioners session with his wife Kim, daughter Ophelia, and son Bachman.
The New Richmond resident said he joined the army in 2001 and has had several deployments.
Oberklaus said he was recognized by commissioners in 2008 before he left for Iraq. When he returned he was stationed in Washington and then Hawaii before leaving for Afghanistan.
“It’s good to be back,” Oberklaus said about returning from his most recent deployment.
Commissioners Bob Proud, Ed Humphrey, and David Uible thanked Oberklaus for his service and welcomed him home during their meeting.
Oberklaus was also recognized by Howard Daugherty, executive director of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission, Marcie Longenecker, with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Office, and Rachel Christian, with Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s Office.
“I want to thank you for your service,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty encouraged Oberklaus to stop by the Veterans’ Service Commission to get information about his benefits and the services they provide to veterans.
Oberklaus said he will be leaving in the coming weeks for Fort Irwin in California where he will be involved with preparing soldiers for their deployments by trying to challenge them during training.
Oberklaus said it is incredibly important for men and women in the military to have support from back home when they are serving.
“Both times I’ve been deployed the support has been phenomenal,” Oberklaus said.