PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The chief of the Space Superiority and Command and Control Division of the directorate of Plans and Requirements at Headquarters Air Force Space Command assumed command of the 595th Space Group in a change-of-command ceremony held at The Club at Peterson AFB May 27.
Col. Shawn Barnes succeeds Col. Stephen Latchford, who will be stationed at Bolling AFB, D.C.
Colonel Barnes earned his Bachelor of Science in marine biology in 1985 from Southampton College of Long Island University. He attended U.S. Air Force Officer Training School and entered active duty in 1985. He is also a distinguished graduate of U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Space Training in 1994, a distinguished graduate of U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School in 1995, a graduate of U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 1998 and a graduate of National War College in 2004.
Prior to his assignment at Headquarters AFSPC, Colonel Barnes served tours as a missile launch officer, instructor, operations scheduler and flight commander with the 90th Strategic Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; deputy commander of the Space Defense Operations Center, exercise branch chief and operations chief in the special operations branch with the United Space Command, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Colorado Springs, Colo.; chief of pacific exercise branch and executive officer to the commander of the 14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; chief of space control and Air Force application branch for the assistant secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; commander of the 12th Space Warning Squadron, 21st Space Wing, Thule Air Base, Greenland; and chief of the space policy branch, joint staff J-5, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Colonel Barnes’ decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, a Joint Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Achievement Medal.
He and his wife, Colleen, live in Colorado Springs, with their daughter, Maggy, and son, Jack.
(Information compiled by Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle)