Randall T. Barnes, Jr.
Colonel Randall T. Barnes graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1986, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Officers' Basic Course, he was assigned to Battery C, 2d Battalion, 2d Field Artillery, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. | He then served as Commander, Battery E, 2d Battalion, 30th Field Artillery, Commander, Battery F, 2d Battalion, 80th Field Artillery and Commander, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery. Colonel Barnes attended the Defense Equal Opportunity Institute, and served as Chief, Personnel Management for the Equal Opportunity Management Institute at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. He was then assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as the S3, 2d Battalion, 320th Field Artillery and S3, 101st Division Artillery. He was reassigned to Headquarters, Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia, where he served as a Counter Drugs Operations officer. | He began his second tour of duty with the 101st Airborne Division, where he assumed command of 3d Battalion, 320th Field Artillery. During his tenure as battalion commander, the unit spent 12 months in Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also served as Executive Officer, Third Army/U.S. Army Central (forward) and currently serves as Third Army's Division Chief, Joint Fires Division. | His military education and training includes: the Field Artillery Officers' Basic Course, the Marine Amphibious Warfare School, the Joint and Combined Staff Officer School, the Army Command and General Staff Officers' Course and United States Army War College. Colonel Barnes holds a Master's Degree in Management from Webster University (1996) and Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Management from Savannah State University (1982). | His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Expeditionary Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal w/ Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Service Medal, the Air Assault Badge, the Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge.