Colonel Robert C. Barrett, a native of Royal Oak, Michigan, graduated from Royal Oak High School in June 1953 and Western Michigan University in 1957 with a Degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps after completing the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. His military education includes the completion of both the Basic and Advanced Quartermaster Officer Courses, the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Special Forces Officer Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
During his career he served in troop units as an Infantry Platoon Leader, QM Company Commander, as Supply Officer (S-4) in both the 5th and 6th Special Forces Group, the Supply/Logistics Officer (G4), Allied Command Europe (ACE) Mobile Force and Commander of the 553d Supply and Service Battalion Fort Hood, Texas. He Commanded the Defense Depot, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and was Deputy Commander of the 1st COSCOM, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He held staff positions as an Advisor to the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Chief Quartermaster, as a Personnel Assignment Officer in the US Army Military Personnel Center, Director of Training Development in the US Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia and the C-4 (Logistics) of the Combined Field Army (ROK/US). Colonel Barrett’s last assignment was as Commandant, U. S. Army Logistics Management College, Fort Lee, Virginia.
He served in Alaska and overseas in Germany, Vietnam, Grenada and the Republic of Korea.
Colonel Barrett’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 3d Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachute Wings, and foreign awards from the Republics of Vietnam and Germany.
Colonel Barrett is married to the former Shirley Kossen of Grand Rapids, Michigan and they have three children, Robert III, Randi and Terri.
Colonel Barrett retired on 31 August 1987.
Subsequent to retirement, Colonel Barrett worked for Vinnell Corporation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In Saudi Arabia he was initially a military trainer in the AMC SANG Program. He then became the operations manager on a project that introduced 500 Bradley Fighting vehicles into the Regular Saudi Army. His final assignment with Vinnell was as the Site Manager for a US Air Force Project at Beni Suef Air Base in Egypt.
Colonel Barrett has been a member of the Quartermaster Foundation since 1994 and President since 2003.
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