PARIS, TN: Barker assumes command of med squadron

Col. Kristine Hackett (left), 90th Medical Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Brock Barker, 90th Healthcare Operations Squadron incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony June 24 at Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The ceremony marked the change of command from Lt. Col. Lindsey Oleson to Barker.

Former Henry County resident U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Brock Barker took command of the 90th Healthcare Operations Squadron in a June 24 change-of-command ceremony at the Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyo.

The son of David and Debra Barker of Paris, he graduated in 1992 from Henry County High School.

He went on to earn a dual bachelor’s degree in Bible and business administration in 1998 from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson.

He later received a master’s degree from Bowie State University in Prince George’s County, Md.

Barker enlisted in the Air Force in 1998 and has been stationed in various locations such as Alabama, Texas, South Dakota, New Mexico, Florida, Washington D.C., Virginia and Germany.

He also completed three deployments, one to Afghanistan from January 2008 to January 2009, and two in Africa, from December 2013 to April 2014 and from February to June 2015.

Barker has earned numerous awards and decorations through his service to the Air Force. These awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, an Air Force Achievement Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, an Air Force Recognition ribbon, an Afghanistan Campaign medal and a NATO medal.

He was also named the first Special Operations Medical Group Field Grade Officer of the Year in 2015.

Prior to his change of command, Barker served as the program integration branch chief at the office of the surgeon general in Falls Church, Va.

The 90th Medical Group has undergone a reorganization of its medical squadrons, and Barker is the first commander of the 90th HOS.

“I am proud to take this step today in our journey together and write my name alongside yours in the first chapter of such a historic place,” Barker said at his ceremony.

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