Command Sergeant Major William L. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wayland Baptist University. He is a Class 16 Graduate of the Joint Special Operation Forces Senior Enlisted Academy and Class 65 of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy. His military education includes the Warrior, Advanced, and Senior Leader Courses, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Course, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Pre-Command Courses, AMEDD Executive Skills Course, Capabilities Developer Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Health Services, Plans, Operations, Intelligence, Security, and Training Course, Retention NCO Course, Army Recruiter Course, Army Healthcare Recruiter Course, Operation Security Officer Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Basic Mountaineering and Rappelling Course, Airborne School, and Air Assault Course.
Command Sgt. Maj. Barnes initially enlisted in the Army in July 1990 as an Automated Logistical Specialist. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, TX and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, VA. Command Sgt. Maj. Barnes re-entered the Army and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX as an Operating Room Specialist, after a break in service from 1992 to 1994. Command Sgt. Maj. Barnes served in the Army as the Shop Office Clerk for 702nd Main Support Battalion, Camp Casey, South Korea; Shop Office Clerk for 215th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Hood, TX; Operating Room Specialist for 2nd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and Central Materiel NCO for 14th Field Hospital, Fort Benning, GA; Operating Room NCO and Hospital Retention NCO for 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg, TX; Central Material NCOIC for Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Surgical Section Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) for 121st General Hospital, Yongsan, South Korea; Peri-Operative Nursing Services NCOIC for Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX; Healthcare Recruiter for 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion, Richmond, Virginia Healthcare Recruiting Station, Fort Meade, Maryland; Division Medical Operations NCO for 25th Infantry Division Special Troops Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn; First Sergeant for 299th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas where he deployed with 1st Infantry Division in support of Operation New Dawn; Senior Career Advisor for AMEDD Personnel Proponent Directorate for the Army Medical Department Center and School, Operations Sergeant Major for 32d Medical Brigade and Command Sergeant Major for Academy Battalion (Provisional), all at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX.
Command Sgt. Maj. Barnes’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal with 3 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 7 OLC, Army Achievement Medal with 2 OLC, Good Conduct Medal 8th Award, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Combat Service (CS), Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 CS, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 3rd Award, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 5th Award, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award with 1OLC, Meritorious Unit Citation with 1 OLC, Silver Recruiter’s Badge, Parachutist’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver’s Badge, and Mechanic’s Badge.
Command Sgt. Maj. Barnes is an inductee into the Order of Military Medical Merit and a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.