Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Communications, University of South Alabama, 1981 Masters of Science in Human Resource Management, Troy State College, 1993 Masters of Military Art and Science for Theater Operations and Strategy, Command & General Staff College, 1995 Technical Professional Teaching License and Certification for Commonwealth of Virginia, 2008, 2013 Awards and Decorations: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with oak leaf and arrowhead, Kosovo Campaign Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation, Southwest Asia Campaign Ribbon, Multinational Forces and Observers Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Joint Staff Badge, Army Staff Badge, Combat Infantryman’s badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge with bronze combat jump star, Air Assault Badge, and Jungle Warfare.
LTC(R) Brian D. Barham
Raised in a military family, he was born at Fort Lewis Washington to Jack and Sylvia Barham. Older brother to two sisters; spent his youth as a military dependent living all over the United States and Thailand. The longest he lived in any dwelling while growing up was a year and 11 months. Early in life developed a love of family, zest for living, and an appreciation for diversity.
Eventually turned away from boxing and football pursuits to find himself enlisting the 20th Special Forces and involved in ROTC at the University of South Alabama. Commissioned in March 1981 in a ceremony where his father administered the oath of office. Stations include Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Baumholder, Germany; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Carson, Colorado; and the Pentagon. Assigned to Ranger, Airborne, Mechanized (M113), and Bradley units. Deployed for combat four times. Experience lends itself well to mentoring and teaching cadets. Positions included: Platoon Leader (twice), Company XO, Battalion and Brigade Staff (S-4, S-3, XO), Commanded three companies (Mechanized and Ranger), G-3 Chief of Plans, and Plans Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Served as an interim battalion commander.
Taught JROTC for five years prior to arriving to the CHCORI Battalion in 2008. The CHCORI Battalion motto of unity, “As One!” fits LTC Barham’s personal philosophy for JROTC.
Married to Dr. (PhD) Christine (Chris) Barham. Met while we both were serving at Fort Bragg. Four children: daughter Brooke and son Bryn are grown, Bret attends Randolph Macon College, and the youngest Blair just graduated High School. Bryn and Alex are bi-racial boys who were adopted at different times. Three grandkids. Chipper is an appropriately named upbeat GoldenDoddle that is annoyingly happy all the time.
Christian believer. Family worships at Salem Fields Community Church.
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