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LtCol. Craig Barker
Serving since 1972 (AF and ANG)


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Lieutenant Colonel CRAIG H. BARKER

Lt Colonel Craig H. Barker is the 157 Air Operations Group, Administrative Officer, Located on Historic Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri

Lt Colonel Barker was born July 9, 1952, in Lake Charles Louisiana where he graduated from LaGrange Senior High School in 1970.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force in May of 1972.  After completing basic training and Radio Relay Equipment Repairmen School, Keesler AFB, MS his first duty station was the 4th Mobile Communications Group, Altus AFB, OK.  He transferred to the 236th Combat Communications Squadron (ANG), Hammond Military Air Station, Hammond, Louisiana in 1974.  As Sergeant Barker, he earned four additional seven-skill level AFSCs, in the communications career filed.  He transferred to the 214th Engineering Installations Squadron in June of 1985.  Lt Colonel Barker was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 13 February 1986, after completing the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson ANG Base, TN.  The Colonel earned his Associates and Bachelors degree of Business Administration from Michigan’s Northwood University, New Orleans campus in 1993.  He graduated from Squadron Officers School in 1995 and Air Command and Staff College in 2003.

 After commissioning, he returned to the 214 EIS, located at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Louisiana.  His initial assignment was the squadron supply officer.  He served in this capacity until he cross-trained to the Communications–Electronics field in 1988.  As a military communications officer he served as the squadron Readiness Training Officer, Officer- in -charge of Electronics, Officer-in-charge of the Wire Branch, and ultimately as the squadron Installations Officer.  He was selected as the Detachment Commander in 1988 and served in that capacity until his selection as the Detachment Commander of the 218th Engineering Installations Squadron, located on Historic Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri in December of 1995. Lt Colonel was selected as Squadron commander in 1999.  Colonel Barker was promoted to his current rank on 1 October 2003.

Craig Howard Barker

Lt Col CRAIG H. BARKER
Administrative Officer
157 Air Operations Group (AOG)

# 1 Grant Road
Jefferson Barracks
St. Louis, MO. 63125-4118

Military Assignments:

Enlisted service (active duty) E1-E3/(ANG) E4-E7                                                               14 years
Radio Relay Equipment Apprentice, 4th Mobile Comm. Group Altus AFB, OK.              2 years
Radio Relay Equipment Journeyman, 236th Combat Comm. Sq. Louisiana ANG                11 years
NCOIC, Teletype Installations, 214th EIS, Louisiana ANG                                                  18 months
Logistics (Supply) Officer, 214th EIS                                                                                     2 years
Electronics Installations OIC, 214th EIS                                                                                 1 year                                 
Wire Installations OIC, 214th EIS                                                                                           1 year
Squadron Installations Officer, 214th EIS                                                                               1 year
Detachment Commander, 214th EIS                                                                                        7 years
Detachment Commander, 218th EIS, Missouri ANG                                                             9 years
Commander, 218th EIS                                                                                                            6 years
 
Group Administrative Officer                                                                                             4 months

Military Education:
Radio Relay Equipment Repairman                                                                                       1973
Wideband Communications Network                                                                                     1977
Telecom Equipment Systems equipment Specialist                                                               1979
NCO Academy                                                                                                                       1980
OJT Trainer/Supervisor                                                                                                          1980
OI Maintenance TSEC/KL-7                                                                                                  1980
Academy of Military Science                                                                                                 1986
Communications Electronics Officer Course                                                                          1990
Squadron Officer School                                                                                                         1995
Air Command and Staff College                                                                                             2003

Civilian Education:
High School, LaGrange Senior high School, Lake Charles, Louisiana                                     1970
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Michigan Northwood University                  1993


Hometown:

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Civilian Occupation
Group Administrative Officer (Air Technician), Missouri Air National Guard

Family Information:
Married        Robin
Children
Clayton              1979
Barbara   1981
Allison               1983
Emily                 1983
Kurt                   1984
Camille               1988

Hobbies & Interests:
Hunting
Fishing
Horseback riding
Golf

Commemorative Air Force – Explosive Ordnance Detachment (Air Show support)

Civic/Church Membership
Deputy Commander, Group II, Missouri Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Wonderland Camp volunteer staff
Member of First United Methodist Church (Louisiana)

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