ROCK OF THE YEAR
Colonel Bernard A. Barnes
U.S. Army, Retired
Colonel Bernard A. (Andre) Barnes, a co-recipient of the Rock of the Year
Award, was born in Washington DC. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of
Morgan State UNiversity, whose singularly outstanding career as a Signal Officer
is complimented by distinguished service to the Rocks.
Colonel Barnes’ first tours of duty were as Executive Officer, D Company, 1St
Bn, 1st Signal Brigade then Signal Operations Platoon Leader, 67th Signal
Battalion, Ft. Gordon, GA. From 1978 to 1979, he commanded HHD, 36th
Signal Battalion, Taegu, Korea. At Fort Lee, VA, Barnes served as the
Communication and Eleectronics Main Action Officer for the Army Logistics
Center. In 1983 he transferred to Germany as the Signal Officer for 1/68
Armor Battalion, 1st Brigade and then for the 1ST Brigade (MECHANIZED), 8TH
Infantry Division. In June 1988, Colonel Barnes was assigned to the 7th Signal
Command, where he served as a CE Staff Officer in DCSOPS; Secretary of
General Staff; Executive Officer, 1111th Signal Battalion, Site R; and Deputy
Inspector General, 7th Signal Command. In 1992 Colonel Barnes returned to
the Orient as the Commander, 78TH Signal Battalion, Camp Zama, Japan. From
1995 to 1997, Colonel Barnes served as Director, Command Center
Improvement Program, J3, USCINCPAC then a year as Chief, C4I Operations
Management and Plans Division, J6, USCINCPAC, Camp Smith, Hawaii. From
1998 to 2000 he was the Director, Command, Control and Communications
Evaluation Directorate, Army Evaluation Center. Currently Chief of Staff, Army
Test and Evaluation Command, he helped meld three disparate organizations
into one through intensive management controls and improved information
Colonel Barnes earned the Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting, a
Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Resource Management.
He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the
Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the Command and General Staff
College, Inspector General School , the Industrial College of Armed Forces, the
Army Training with Industry Program-Telecommunications and the John F.
Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in Government Program.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star,
the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters) and the Army
Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters).
He has served the Rocks well as President, Vice President and Ways and
Means Chair for the Washington Chapter, and as organizer of two Annual
Colonel Barnes and his wife Glenda have a daughter, Carmita, an ADA 2LT
stationed in Babenhausen, Germany and a son, Algerron who is a senior at
West Potomac High School, Alexandria, VA.