LTC Barnett started his Army career as an ROTC graduate from the University of Idaho with a BS in Business and was commissioned into the Quartermaster Corp. Over the course of his 20 year career, LTC Barnett has served in every key leadership position that the Army has to offer for commissioned offecers as well as multiple overseas combat assignments.
Beginning his career as a Platoon Leader, he was then promoted to Company Executive Officer. Eventually, he was called upon to serve as the Commander of two different Companies. As LTC Barnett's career progressed, he found himself serving as the S-2, S-3, and S-4 for a Battalion before moving on to Bridge S-4 as well as a Battalion Command. His other commands include Joint Task Force Commander in Iraq and Senior Logistic Officer for CENTCOM Headquarters.
LTC Barnett has served on Active Duty, in the Illinois National Guard, and as a Reservist. Since graduation from the University of Idaho, he has earned a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Leadership Science. His Army specialty badges include the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, Parachute Jumpmaster, Italiat Parachutist Badge, and the US Army Ranger tab.