Johnny Barnes

U.S. Air Force


Johnny Barnes is Director of the Air Education and Training Command and Air University Liaison Office in the National Capital Region, as well as Director of the Air Force Fellows Program. He served as commander of the 9th Air Refueling Squadron from 2009 – 2011. He also served as the deployed commander of the largest KC-10 unit in the world, the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates, in 2010, where his crews delivered over 50% of the fuel over Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his command, Col Barnes was the Deputy Commander, 60th Operations Group, Travis AFB, CA. He served in several capacities at Air University, including the chair of the Joint Warfighting Department, Air Command and Staff College. Prior to his current assignment he was the Vice Wing Commander for the 380 Expeditionary Air Wing, with over 3500 joint and coalition warriors and seven Major Weapons Systems employed in Strategic, Operational, and Tactical missions in the Middle East. He is a command pilot, having logged over 3000 flight hours.

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