Maj. Barry Johnson was the NATO Military Spokesman for Operation ESSENTIAL HARVEST in August-September 2001. He arrived in June 2001 to assume responsibility for media operations as part of the NATO Cooperation and Coordination Centre in Skopje. His previous duty within NATO was Media Relations Officer and Spokesman for the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) based in Germany, which he returned to upon completion of Operation ESSENTIAL HARVEST.
Maj. Johnson was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in December 2002. He is currently the Spokesman and Public Affairs Officer for Joint Task Force Guantanamo in Cuba, where the United States holds enemy combatants detained as part of the U.S. Global War on Terrorism. Prior to arriving at JTF Guantanamo and his three-year assignment with NATO, he served in a variety of Public Affairs and Infantry assignments during his 16-year active-duty career. Lt. Col. Johnson will serve in Cuba through July 2003, at which time he will begin an Army fellowship in New York City, followed by an assignment with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) at the Pentagon.
His past assignments include serving as Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, and for the 19th Theater Army Area Command at Taegu, South Korea. Prior to being designated as a Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. Johnson served in a variety of Infantry assignments. He first served with the Washington Army National Guard as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader and Detachment Commander. After entering active duty in 1986, his assignments included Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 5th Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment at Friedberg, Germany; Company Commander with 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry at Fort Benning, GA; and Assistant Professor of Military Science at Washington State University. His education includes a Master of Arts in Communication from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lewis-Clark State College.
Lt. Col. Johnson can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.