Lieutenant Commander Barnes, a native of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, entered the Navy in 1996 as a member of the US Naval Academy and was commissioned in May of 2000. He began his Information Warfare career at the Kunia Regional Security Operations Center as a Subsurface Direct Support Officer and Watch Officer.
After his initial tour, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and earned a Master of Science in Computer Science with a focus in network security. As a payback tour, LCDR Barnes was assigned to NIOC Suitland to conduct computer network operations research and development. During that tour he deployed as an Individual Augmentee with Special Operations Command Central providing I&W support to special operations teams. His next tour was with the Joint Special Operations Command where he was the SIGINT Targeting and Exploitation Troop Commander. His last assignment was with the Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet Intelligence Directorate as the Current Intel Officer.
LCDR Barnes is currently serving as the Executive Officer, NIOC Pensacola.
LCDR Barnes has deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. Awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and service medals.