Regimental Master Chief Warrant Officers
CW5 Andrew Barr
15 January 2004 - 28 January 2010
CW5 Barr’s career began in 1970 when he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. His capability was quickly noticed resulting in his accession into the Army Warrant Officer Program in less than 10 years active federal service.
In 1979, he began his Warrant Officer career as the Operations Officer for United States Army Communications Command in Saudi Arabia. During this period he coordinated a comprehensive upgrade of the telecommunications facilities and initiated and directed command security programs that resulted in zero security violations in the command during his tenure.
Then, in 1983, he was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the COMSEC Logistics Support Unit, United States Army Communications Command – Alaska, located at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In this position he was responsible for complete crypto-logistic support to all Army, USAR and NG units located in Alaska.
In 1988, he provided specific communications support to a unique Special Mission Unit that supported highly sensitive missions and tasks of National significance.
From 1999 to 2004, he served as the WO Policy Integrator in the Department of the Army G1. He was responsible for many actions during this assignment including the Army Training and Leadership Development Panel, the first comprehensive study of WO in over 15 years, that focused on a variety of initiatives including pay reform, uniform insignia changes and a variety of statute and policy changes that enhanced the WO Corps’ ability to support the force. He was also a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon that killed almost half of the Division where he was assigned.
From 2004 to 2010, CW5 Barr served as the Regimental Chief Warrant Officer (RCWO) for the United States Army Signal Corps. During his tenure as the RCWO he influenced numerous changes in the accession process which tripled the number of candidates for each vacancy for a Signal Warrant. These changes included special support to the Army National Guard and Army Reserve who now receive the same relevant training as the Active component but have the ability to receive the training in phases. His influence was not limited to WOs; he was regularly contacted by senior officers who welcomed his advice.
Chief Barr’s awards and commendations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (2) and numerous other Military awards including the Army Staff Badge and Recruiter Badge. He became a Distinguished Member of the Regiment in 2010.