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187th Fighter Wing Member Awarded Bronze Star for Meritorious Service

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Garrett
  • 187th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
187th Fighter Wing Lt. Col. Ryan Barker, 100th Fighter Squadron, commander, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal Dec. 8, 2014 at Montgomery Regional Air National Guard Base for meritorious achievement while assigned to the 100th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Barker served as Commander of the 100th EFS while deployed.
"This is for service and leadership at the deployed location," said Barker. "It's a reflection of all the work that everybody put in to making it a successful deployment."
From Apr. 14, 2014 to Nov. 1, 2014, Barker commanded 12 F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and 42 personnel as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 100th EFS executed more than 2,200 combat sorties, dropping more than 52 tons of precision guided munitions and 17,000 rounds of 20 millimeter ammunition.
Additionally, his focus on detailed contingency planning allowed unprecedented success of the Air National Guard's first ever six month, continuous, fighter squadron deployment.
Barker is preparing to retire from the Alabama Air National Guard after 22 years of combined military service in January, 2016. He served 10 years on Active Duty, and was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), S.C., Cannon AFB, N.M., Kunsan AFB, Republic of Korea (ROK) and Osan AFB, ROK. After his active duty service, Barker joined the 187th Fighter Wing and has piloted the F-16 for 12 years with the Air National Guard.
His plans after retirement are to be a commercial airline pilot.