Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett is the Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. As Air Mobility Command’s sole numbered air force, 18th Air Force ensures readiness and sustainment of approximately 36,000 active duty, Air Force Reserve and civilian Airmen at 12 wings and one stand-alone group. With more than 400 aircraft, 18th AF supports AMC’s worldwide mission of providing rapid global mobility to America’s armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling and aeromedical evacuation.
Maj. Gen. Barrett received his commission after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies. He is a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours in the C-141B Starlifter, T-1A JAyhawk, KC-135R/T Stratotanker, C-21, C-40B Clipper and C-17A Globemaster III. He has commanded at the squadron and wing levels. He also served as the U.S. Transportation Command Liaison to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. As a general officer, he was director of the Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Southwest Asia. He also commanded the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, USTRANSCOM, Norfolk, Virginia.
Maj. Gen. Barrett is a distinguished graduate with a Master of Operational Art and Science degree from the Air Command and Staff College, an outstanding graduate of the Air War College and a distinguished graduate with a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies degree from the Naval War College. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.
1988 Bachelor of Science, General Studies, U. S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1994 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1997 Master’s degree, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
2001 Master of Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Master of National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2010 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2012 Alan L. Freed Associates Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.
2018 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2019 Senior Executives in National and International Security Course, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.
1. July 1988-July 1989, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
2. August 1989-October 1989, Student, C-141B Combat Crew Training, Altus AFB, Okla.
3. November 1989-December 1993, Strategic Airlift Pilot, Instructor Pilot, and Executive Officer, 20th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
4. January 1994-February 1994, Student, Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. March 1994-June 1994, Student, T-1A Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
6. July 1994-March 1996, T-1A Check Pilot, and Chief of Training, 86th Flight Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
7. April 1996-March 1998, T-1A Initial Cadre Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner, Operations Group Standardizations and Evaluations, and Flight Commander, 48th Flying Training Squadron and 14th Operations Group, Columbus AFB, Miss.
8. March 1998-June 1998, Student, KC-135R Combat Crew Training, Altus AFB, Okla.
9. July 1998-June 2000, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner, Readiness Flight Commander, and Assistant Operations Officer, KC-135R, 97th Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
10. July 2000-June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 2001-June 2002, Special Actions Officer, Air Education and Training Command Command Action Group, Randolph AFB, Texas
12. June 2002-June 2003, Executive Officer to the Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
13. June 2003-May 2004, Operations Officer, 350th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
14. May 2004-March 2006, Commander, 350th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
15. March 2006-June 2006, Deputy Commander, 22nd Operations Group, McConnell AFB, Kan.
16. July 2006-June 2007, Student, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
17. July 2007-June 2009, U.S. Transportation Command Liaison to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
18. July 2009-May 2010, Vice Commander, 15th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
19. May 2010-July 2012, Commander, 15th Wing, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
20. July 2012-January 2014, Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
21. January 2014-January 2015, Director, Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
22. February 2015-July 2017, Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, USTRANSCOM, Norfolk, Va.
23. August 2017-July 2018, Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
24. July 2018-present, Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2007-July 2009, U.S. Transportation Command Liaison to North American Aerospace Defense, and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a colonel
2. January 2014-January 2015, Director of Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as a brigadier general
3. February 2015-July 2017, Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Transportation Command, Norfolk, Va., as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,200
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-141B, T-1A, KC-135R/T, C-21, C-40B and C-17A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1988
First Lieutenant June 1, 1990
Captain June 1, 1992
Major Oct. 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2003
Colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Brigadier General Nov. 2, 2013
Major General Sept. 2, 2017
(Current as of August 2019)