81st Civil Affairs Battalion
Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Burnett
Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Burnett was born and raised in South East Michigan. He attended Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont and Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and Sociology in 1995. Lt. Col. Burnett entered active duty was subsequently commissioned as a Infantry Officer.
Lt. Col. Burnett’s previous assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Tank Platoon Leader and Anti-Tank Company Executive officer 1-508 Airborne Battalion Combat Team, Vicenza Italy; Battalion Assistant S-3 and Battalion Air Officer 1-506th Infantry, Camp Greaves South Korea; 82nd Airborne Division G-3 Assistant Operations Officer, 505th PIR Brigade Training Officer, Commander C Company, 2-505th PIR, FT Bragg, North Carolina; Civil Affairs Team Leader B Company 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, Company Commander C Company 98th Civil Affairs Battalion; Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer 98th Civil Affairs Battalion Fort Bragg, NC.
Lt. Col. Burnett’s Military education includes, Infantry One Station Unit Training, Airborne School, The Infantry Officer Basic Course, Bradley Infantry fighting vehicle commander course, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Defense Language Institute Thai Language Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, the Regional Studies course and the Naval College of Command and Staff where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies.
Lt. Col. Burnett’s Award’s and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two OLC, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Stars, GWOT-Expeditionary Medal, GWOT-Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and the Master Parachutist’s Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Ronald Barker
Battalion Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major Ronald Barker entered the United States Army in November 1989 at Fort Benning, Georgia as an infantryman. CSM Barker's enlisted leadership experience and assignments include: 1/508 Infantry (Airborne) Fort Kobbe, Panama, Team Leader 2/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
CSM Barker's infantry assignments also include Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Instructor, Northern Warfare Training Center, Fort Greely, Alaska and Drill Sergeant, 2/46 Infantry, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon entering the Civil Affairs community in 2003, CSM Barker has served as Team Sergeant, Company Operations Sergeant and First Sergeant in the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion.
CSM Barker's most recent assignment was as a First Sergeant, NCO Academy, USAJFKSWCS. CSM Barker is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeant Course, and the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. CSM Barker holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies from the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC. CSM Barker's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Drill Sergeant Badge.