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1st Battalion, 44th Air Missile Defense Commander


LTC Barnett


LTC Barnett, Maurice

Lieutenant Colonel Maurice O. Barnett, a native of Gary, Indiana, received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery Corps upon graduation from Indiana University in 1994, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, as well as the Air Defense Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. He holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University.


Lieutenant Colonel Barnett has held a variety of leadership and staff positions throughout his career. His initial assignment was with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where from 1995 to 1998 he served as a Stinger Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion Logistics Officer in the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery. From 1999-2001, while at Fort Drum, New York, Lieutenant Colonel Barnett served as Assistant Operations Officer and Charlie Battery Commander, 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery. Following battery command, Lieutenant Colonel Barnett participated in the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling Program and attended Indiana University. Upon completion of his studies at Indiana, he assumed duty as an instructor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. In the summer of 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Barnett moved to Heidelberg, Germany and subsequently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the Training Officer for the counter-improvised explosive device task force, Joint Task Force Paladin.Lieutenant Colonel Barnett completed two key and developmental assignments while stationed in Germany.He served as the Operations and Executive Officer for the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Barnett served as the Senior Air and missile defense analyst and Branch Chief for the Middle East and North Africa Office, Defense Intelligence Agency.


Lieutenant Colonel Barnett’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.


Lieutenant Colonel Barnett is married and they have three children.

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