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Command Sgt. Maj. David E. Barrett is a native of Norman, Oklahoma. He enlisted into the Army in October 1992 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Barrett completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a 67V, OH-58 Aircraft Crew Chief and was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. He re-classified to 67S, OH-58D Aircraft Crew Chief in October 1996 and was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Barrett served in multiple leadership positions to include Phase Maintenance Team Leader, Aircraft Technical Inspector, Primary Aircraft Systems Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Air Cavalry Troop First Sergeant (OH-58D), Company First Sergeant (CH-47), and Brigade Operations Sergeant Major. His other assignments include 5th Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment at Camp Eagle, Korea (1994–1995); T-Troop, 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas (1995-1996) and Fort Carson (1996-1997); E-Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry, Fort Hood (1997-1999); F-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Budingen, Germany (1999-2002); Senior Instructor, HHC, 110th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2002-2005); Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant, A Troop, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Drum, New York (2005-2012) where he deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2005-2006, Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2008-2009, and to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 2010-2011; First Sergeant, B Company, 1st Battalion, 223rd Aviation Regiment (2012–2015), Brigade Operations SGM, 110th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker (2015-2016), and Brigade Operations SGM, 1st Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker (2017-2018.)
Barrett’s military education includes all levels of NCOES schools and he is a graduate of the USASMA, Class 67. He is a graduate of the First Sergeant’s Course, the Joint Deployment Officer’s Course, the Master Resilience Trainer Course, and the Army Basic Instructor’s Course. Barrett earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Barrett’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Action Badge, Master Aircraft Crewmember Badge, and various other awards and ribbons for service and dedication to the Army.
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