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Battalion Executive Officer
MSIII Class Instructor
A native to Lufkin, Texas, Captain Barrett Newsom (US Army) was commissioned in the Air Defense Artillery on May 7, 2005 after graduating from James Madison University Reserve Officer Training Corps. CPT Newsom attended the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss Texas.
CPT Newsom’s first assignment was an Avenger Platoon for Echo Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 3 Corps, Fort Hood Texas from March 2006 to February 2007. CPT Newsom branch transferred from Air Defense Artillery to Armor March 2007. CPT Newsom served as a Platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Fort Hood Texas from March 2007 to April 2008. CPT Newsom was later assigned as the Charlie Company Executive Officer from April 2008 to July 2008 before attending the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Fort Benning GA. Upon completion of the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, CPT Newsom was assigned to 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart GA as the Assistance Operations Officer before taking Command of Crazyhorse Troop 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment in November 2009. CPT Newsom as served as the Troop Command for the last 19 months.
CPT Newsom’s deployments include; Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, serving as a Platoon Leader with 1st Cavalry Division Camp Taji Iraq and his most recent as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 10-11 and Operation New Dawn while supporting the 2nd Federal Police Division Stability Transition Team, Baghdad Iraq.
CPT Newsom is a graduate of the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Air Assault School and is currently a Combatives Level 3 Instructor.
His awards and decoration include; Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge and Ranger School Tab.