Spotlight on...Bob Barnes, Information Technology Specialist 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Weisbaden, Germany

Describe your current position:
I am an information management officer and information assurance security officer.

What is your professional/educational background:
I have a bachelor's degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. I served on active duty in the U.S. Navy and was an information technology instructor for the U.S. Air Force. I worked for the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus, Ohio, before working for the Expeditionary Contracting Command here.

Tell us more:
My hometown is Henderson, Ky. I am married to Yuko Barnes and have a wonderful 22-month-old boy named Ken. In our spare time we travel Europe like any good federal employee stationed in Germany should.

How does your job support the Soldier:
I support the Soldier by ensuring IT service requests are completed quickly, and serve as the lead for in-processing Soldiers into the brigade. I also support IT issues with military members from the 409th headquarters, and the 903rd and 928th Contingency Contracting Battalions. I also ensure Soldiers' IT requirements are met before exercises and deployments.