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LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHARLES J. BARTON

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Lt Col. Charles J. Barton is the commander of the 369th Recruiting Squadron located in Encino, California. He leads approximately 95 personnel comprising six enlisted accession flights and two Military Entrance Processing Stations responsible for Air Force enlisted accessions across 1.8 million square miles covering six counties in California and the USINDOPACOM area of responsibility.

Lieutenant Colonel Barton entered the Air Force in 2001 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. After completion of Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph Force Base, Texas in 2003, he became qualified as a navigator on the RC-135 operated by the 55th Wing located at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska in 2004.

Lieutenant Colonel Barton has served at the Squadron, Group, MAJCOM, Air Staff and Joint levels. He is a Senior Navigator with more than 2000 hours in the RC-135,TC-135, T-1 and T-43. He is also an AFRICOM Foreign Affairs Officer. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Staff for the 338th Combat Training Squadron located at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

 

EDUCATION

2001 Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering, USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2002 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

  2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2010 Master of Arts, Economics, University of Oklahoma, Norman

2010 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence 2015 Master of Arts, Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

2019 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

  2020 Associate of Arts, French, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. May 2001 – August 2002, Gold Bar Recruiter, Air Force Reserve Officer Trainer Corps, Detachment 330, College Park, Md.
  2. August 2002 – September 2003, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, 562nd Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
  3. September 2003 – June 2004, Student Navigator, RC-135, 338th Combat Training Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  4. June 2004 – March 2005, Navigator, RC-135, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  5. May 2005 – December 2006, Mobility Officer, Navigator, RC-135, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  6. December 2006 – May 2008, Executive Officer, Instructor Navigator, RC-135, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  7. May 2008 – July 2008, Assistant Flight Commander, Evaluator Navigator, RC-135, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  8. July 2008 – April 2009, Flight Commander, Evaluator Navigator, RC-135, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  9. April 2009 – August 2010, Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation, Evaluator Navigator, RC-135, 55th Operations Group, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  10. August 2010 – June 2011, Assistant Director of Operations, Evaluator Navigator, RC-135, 338th Combat Training Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  11. June 2011 – January 2012, Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Planner, 17th Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  12. January 2012 – May 2013, Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Planning, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany
  13. May 2013 – November 2013, Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations and Plans Branch, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany
  14. November 2013 – January 2016, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
  15. January 2016 – January 2017, International Affairs Specialist Branch, International Airmen Division, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  16. January 2017 – July 2017, Student, Joint Military Attaché School, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
  17. July 2017 – July 2019, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, US Embassy, Libreville, Gabon
  18. July 2019 – March 2020, RC-135 Student Navigator, 338th Combat Training Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  19. March 2020 – June 2020, Director of Staff, Formal Training Unit Instructor Navigator, 338th Combat Training Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  20. June 2020 – Present, Commander, 369th Recruiting Squadron, Encino, Calif.
 

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. July 2017 – July 2019, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, US Embassy, Libreville, Gabon, as a lieutenant colonel

 

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Senior Navigator Flight Hours: More than 2000

Aircraft Flown: RC-135, TC-135, T-1, T-43

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 30, 2001

First Lieutenant May 30, 2003

Captain May 30, 2005

Major June 1, 2011

Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2016

(Current as of June 2020)