James F. Barrett

James F. Barrett

Class: 1978Inducted: 2016

James (Jim) graduated from Asbury Park High School in June, 1978. Upon graduation he entered the United States Army in July of the same year. He completed Basic Training and Military Police Advanced Individual Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama in October, 1978.

Throughout his twenty-eight year career Jim served at every noncommissioned officer leadership level in the United States Army culminating with his selection as the Military Police Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major making him the most senior Military Police noncommissioned officer in the United States Army. In this position he led an organization consisting of 52,000 Soldiers assigned throughout the United States and worldwide.

Jim’s college studies are in the areas of Criminal Justice, Counter Terrorism, and Homeland Security, earning his degree in 1987. Additionally, he completed several military, federal, and civilian schools and courses over a thirty two year period, graduating with honors from many of them. Jim also holds four national and international Cyber Security certifications.

Jim has earned numerous awards, campaign medals, and honors. Among them are: The Distinguished Service Medal; 1986 Fort McClellan, Alabama Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; 1986 Eighth Army, Republic of Korea Distinguished Leader; and selection as a 1987 Outstanding Young Man of America. Additionally, he is the third recipient of the Military Police Corps Order of the Marechaussee in Gold, the highest Military Police Regimental award and is a 2010 inductee in the Military Police Corps Hall of Fame.

Jim has worked for the Federal Government since retiring from the Army in September, 2006. He has also served as the is the President of the Fort Leonard Wood-Mid Missouri chapter of the Association of the United States Army, the National Board of Directors of the Military Police Regimental Association, and several other community support organizations. He is also a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.

Jim met his wife Paula while both were students at Asbury Park High School. They have been married for over thirty-five years. They have two sons James, 32, who is married to Emily and Jeffrey, 28 who is married to Billi Sue. They have three grandchildren Lillian, 8, Griffin, 6, and Berkley, 9 Months. He credits the support of his wife Paula for any success that he has had in both his professional and personal life. His favorite pass time is spending time with his grandchildren.

Quote: “At some point in our life, we all come to a fork in the road where we have to make a decision that will impact the rest of our life. Which path will you take, the hard right or the easy wrong?”