La. Army National Guard promotes newest lieutenant colonel
Surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, the Louisiana National Guard promoted Barrett McClinton, of Bossier City, to the rank of lieutenant colonel at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Minden in Minden, Nov. 17.
“I have known Lieutenant Colonel McClinton for 30 years. He's at his best under the toughest conditions,” said Maj. Gen. (ret.) Stephen C. Dabadie, director of the Louisiana Military Department. “He has never failed me or let our Soldiers down. He will get the mission done, always.”
Originally from Natchitoches, McClinton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information from Northwestern State University. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in logistics through the Reserve Officer Training Program in 1983.
McClinton has served in the 199th Support Battalion, 1083rd Transportation Company, 165th Combat Service Support Battalion, the 139th Regional Support Group and Joint Force Headquarters. In 2007, after mobilizing for Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as a battalion logistics officer of the 165th Combat Support Operations Officer.
“I want to say to General Curtis and the Louisiana National Guard, thank you for entrusting me with this promotion,” said McClinton.
He has served in positions including platoon leader, shop officer, detachment commander, company executive officer, battalion logistics officer, Support Operations Officer and currently serves as the Louisiana National Guard’s Detachment 1, Joint Force Headquarters logistics and operations plans officer.
McClinton’s military education includes the Unit Movement Officer Course, Ordnance Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Advanced Course, Environmental Compliance Officers course, Support Operations Officer Course and Command & General Staff Course.
His awards include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Louisiana Commendation Medal, Louisiana War Cross, Louisiana Ribbon, Cold War Victory Ribbon, Louisiana Emergency Service Medal, Louisiana General Excellence Ribbon and Louisiana Longevity Ribbon.
“I got here because of everybody in this room touching my life in some kind of way,” said McClinton. “Thank you.”
McClinton resides with his family in Bossier City. He and his wife, the former Cynthia Marcellia, have been married for 26 years. Together, they are the guardian to Kaitlyn Marcellia.