Geoffrey T. Barker
Geoff Barker, a native Englishman, served with the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment against the EOKA Terrorist organization in the Middle East during 1957-58. Wounded in the Troodos Mountains, he spent Christmas 1957 at RAF Hospital, Akrotiri, Cyprus.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation POWER PACK, the Dominican Republic crisis. Returning to Fort Bragg he volunteered for assignment to the Republic of Vietnam, and served his first tour with the 1st Brigade (Separate), 101st Airborne Division. Based upon his previous counter-terrorist experience, he was recruited to stay in-country for assignment to Central Intelligence Agency’s Combined Studies Division (the pre-cursor to Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group), as an advisor to the Provincial Reconnaissance Units (PRU), where he remained for three years. During this period he received a Direct Commission to First Lieutenant, Infantry, and later as a junior Captain, was assigned to a Lieutenant Colonel position as the Chief, PRU, Military Region IV (the entire Mekong Delta area).
His next assignment was with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, when he became a U.S. citizen, then to Germany, more Special Forces assignments, and retired as a Division Chief with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (ACofS G-3), 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
After a short sojourn as a civilian he was contacted, recruited and in February 1989 hired to assist with creating the Joint Mission Analysis of the new U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He remained with USSOCOM until August 2007 when he retired as a Senior Operations Analyst supporting the Joint Operations Center.
During his career he has received more than fifty U.S. and foreign awards and decorations including the Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, eight foreign parachute badges, Vietnamese Ranger Badge, German Army Expert Infantryman Badge and Silver Shooting Rope, and the Royal Thai Army Special Forces Aiguillette.
He was the first recipient of the U.S. Army Special Forces Association National Member of the Year in 1990; he received the Defense Security Service James S. Cogswell Award for Outstanding Security Management in 2000; the USSOCOM Civilian Award for Outstanding Service in April 2003; and the Special Forces Association St. Philip Neri Silver Medal Award in 2010. He was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment in June 2012, and was awarded the USSOCOM Outstanding Civilian Service Medal on 11 September 2012.
He lives with his wife Judy in Florida; they also enjoy a second home in Newfoundland.