retired from the Army in 2010 after a 30-year career as an airborne-ranger
infantry officer and military strategist. During his professional
military career, he served in leadership positions at all levels, from tactical
through strategic. He is a decorated combat veteran of
operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Barron’s last active duty assignment
was as special assistant to the secretary of the Army. Prior to that, he served
two tours with the Joint Staff, including four years as the assistant to the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Legislative Affairs. He also served
as an infantry battalion commander, as Army liaison to the U.S. Senate, and as
a congressional fellow for then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the
mid-1990s. Earlier in his career, Barron served as an instructor and assistant
professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and then as the
aide de camp to the superintendent of the academy.
retiring from active duty, he was an executive with the Boeing Co., working in
its Washington, D.C., government operations office, first as director of
Government Affairs and then as director of International Operations and Policy.
graduated as an ROTC distinguished military graduate, from the University of
San Francisco. He holds advanced degrees in leadership from the McDonough
School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; in government from
the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; in public administration from the City
University of New York; and in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War
College, Carlisle, Pa. He graduated from the Senior Executives in National and
International Security program and the Advanced Management program for Senior
Managers in Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass. He has been published in professional military
journals and was a national security fellow with the Center for International
Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
joined MOAA’s Government Relations Department in April 2013 and specializes in
defense policy, active duty compensation, and retirement issues.
position: Deputy Director, Government Relations