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PATROL SQUADRON EIGHT


 
CDR Barlow 
CDR Andrew Barlow

Commanding Officer  |  Executive Officer  |  Command Master Chief

 
CDR Andrew Barlow Executive Officer
 
     Commander Andy Barlow, a native of Fincastle, VA, is a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his Wings of Gold in August 1999.
 
     Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY, Jacksonville, FL, he joined the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron EIGHT in Brunswick, Maine. During his tour, he completed two deployments and multiple detachments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, JOINT GUARDIAN, DELIBERATE FORGE, and JOINT TASK FORCE LIBERIA. His duties included serving as a Mission Commander, Corrosion Branch Officer and Pilot Training Officer.
 
     In October 2003, Commander Barlow joined Training Squadron THIRTY-FIVE as an Advanced Maritime Instructor Pilot in Corpus Christi, Texas. During his tour, he served as a Schedules Officer, Flight Officer, and Administrative Officer.
 
     In June 2006, he joined USS ENTERPRISE, CVN 65, located in Norfolk, VA, as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, “Shooter.” During his tour, he served as Bow Catapult Branch Officer and V-2 Division Officer. In addition, he served as the MWR Funds Custodian as well as the ship’s Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. He completed two deployments in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.
 
     Commander Barlow reported to the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron FIVE in September 2008 for his department head tour. His duties included Safety NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, Senior Pilot and Detachment Officer in Charge. He completed a multi-site deployment that included both U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility.
 
     From December 2010 to August 2013, Commander Barlow was assigned to U.S. Northern Command based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served as Maritime Domain Chief in the NORAD/USNORTHCOM Command Center and the Secretary to the Joint Staff.
 
     Commander Barlow's personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal for valor (one award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign, unit, and service medals.