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Col. Stephen (Steve) A. Barnes is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and earned his commission in the Medical Service Corps through Army ROTC at Wheaton College in May 1991.
Barnes' duty assignments include service at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Korea; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Alaska; HRC; and White Sands Missile Range with combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as operational deployments to Bosnia and Central America.
His leadership experience includes time as Medical Platoon Leader/2-18th Infantry Battalion; Forward Support Team Leader/377th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); Flight Platoon Leader/498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); Detachment Commander/U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab; Commander/68th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); and Commander/McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic.
Barnes' staff experience includes service as Operations Officer/498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); Battalion S3 & Executive Officer/56th Medical Evacuation Battalion; Chief of Medical Plans & Operations/U.S. Army Special Operations Command; Assignments Officer/Human Resources Command; G3/5/7 Force Management Officer/U.S. Forces Command; Deputy Surgeon/ XVIII Airborne Corps; Assistant Dean/U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine. He is currently serving as Chief, Medical Evacuation Proponency Division at Fort Rucker.
Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Wheaton College and a Master of Science in Human Resources from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, UH-60 Blackhawk Qualification Course, the Aviation Captain's Career Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is recognized by The Army Surgeon General as a “9A” designee for outstanding proficiency and skill in his specialty as a 67J Aeromedical Evacuation Officer and is the recipient of the Army Aviation Association of America Order of Saint Michael.
Barnes' awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, as well as other various campaign & service medals. He is a Lifetime member of the DUSTOFF Association and AAAA member, Fort Rucker Chapter. He has earned the Ranger Tab, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.
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