Richard Barrons

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Sir Richard Lawson Barrons
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Birth name Richard Lawson Barrons
Born (1959-05-17) 17 May 1959 (age 55)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1977–present
Rank General
Unit Royal Artillery
Commands held 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
39th Infantry Brigade
Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Joint Forces Command
Battles/wars The Troubles
Kosovo War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (2)
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Other work Author, guest speaker
chairman of Royal Artillery Museum Ltd.[1]

General Sir Richard Lawson Barrons[2] KCBCBEADC Gen (17 May 1959)[3] is a British Army officer. He is currently Commander, Joint Forces Command.

Barrons' early career was spent in various staff and field posts in the UK, across Europe, and in the Far East. He also spent time working at the Ministry of Defence and in education. Sent to Germany in 1991, Barrons then served his first tour of duty in the Balkans in 1993. Returning to the UK, Barrons took up a staff position and went on to do a tour in Northern Ireland and then to become a Military Assistant, first to the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and then to the Chief of the General Staff. Between 2000 and 2003, Barrons served again in the Balkans, in Afghanistan during the early days of International Security Assistance Force, and then in a staff position in Basra, Iraq.

As a brigadier in 2003, Barrons served his second tour in Northern Ireland, this time as a brigade commander. In 2005, he was appointed to Assistant Chief of Staff, Commitments, a senior staff position. He was promoted to major general in 2008 and deployed to Iraq for the second time, this time to Baghdad, with responsibility for joint operations. He then served briefly with the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps before being sent to Afghanistan for the second time, when he headed an ISAF reintegration unit to provide incentives for Taliban soldiers to surrender. He later became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations).

Military career[edit]

Barrons was commissioned as a second lieutenant (on probation) (university cadetship) into the Royal Regiment of Artillery on 2 September 1977.[2] He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at The Queen's College, Oxford[4] and completed his university cadetship, becoming a full-time army officer on 21 June 1980.[5] His commission was confirmed in 1981, with seniority from 17 May 1977 and he was promoted to lieutenant with seniority from 17 May 1979.[6] Between 1980 and 1990, he served in various positions across Europe and the Far East as well as in a staff position at the Ministry of Defence in London. He was promoted to captain in 19 November 1983.[7] and took a master's degree in Defence Administration in 1990, after which he attended the British Army's Staff College, Camberley in 1991.[4]

Barrons' first field officer promotion was to major in September 1991.[8] He was sent to Germany to take up a position as chief of staff, 11 Armoured Brigade, which then deployed to the Balkans in 1993. Barrons then served briefly as Balkans desk officer at the Directorate of Military Operations and before becoming battery commander of B Battery, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery from 1994–1996, which included a tour of duty in Northern Ireland.[4] He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 30 June 1997.[9] After promotion, he served again in Bosnia, as Military Assistant (MA) to the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and then, back in the UK, as MA to the Chief of the General Staff.[4]

He went on to command 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, headquartered in Hohne Germany, with which he deployed to the Balkans again in 2001. At the end of 2001, Barrons was appointed chief of staff of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division and immediately deployed to Afghanistan, where the division assisted in establishing the International Security Assistance Force. After serving in Afghanistan, Barrons returned to the UK to attend the Higher Command and Staff Course,[4] before promotion to colonel in June 2002.[10] Barrons' next deployment was to Iraq in 2003 as chief of staff, Multinational Division (South East), stationed in Basra.[4]

High command[edit]

Barrons was promoted to brigadier on 31 December 2003, with seniority from 30 June 2003.[11] Upon promotion, he was posted to Northern Ireland, commanding 39 Infantry Brigade in Belfast, a position he held for two years. After Northern Ireland, he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff, Commitments in 2005, with day-today responsibility for British Army operations.[4]

Barrons attained general officer status in 2008, when he was promoted to the substantive rank of major general and appointed Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Corps – Iraq.[12] He was posted to Baghdad, where he had responsibility for overseeing joint operations conducted by the multinational force and the Iraqi Army.[13] Having served in Iraq, he returned to the UK to take up a staff post in April 2009 as chief of staff to the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), but the appointment was short-lived as, in October 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan at short notice to establish a force reintegration unit, part of an effort to persuade Taliban fighters to rejoin society by offering alternatives to fighting, such as jobs and training[13][14]—a role for which he was hand-picked by American General Stanley A. McChrystal, then commander of all troops in Afghanistan.[15] Barrons defended the controversial scheme in interviews, saying that it was not "about buying insurgents off the battlefield" and that "the idea is that you get the whole community benefiting and turning against the insurgency".[16] In a later interview, Barrons also said "I am absolutely convinced it can be done, and that the time is right. This is an opportunity the Afghan people aren't going to get again. Most of them realize that, and are keen to take it now".[17]

Barrons' position, as of February 2011, was as Assistant Chief of the General Staff.[18] In May 2011 he became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) in the rank of Lieutenant General.[19] On 24 January 2013 it was announced that he was to be appointed Commander Joint Forces Command in April 2013.[20]

Other work[edit]

Barrons co-authored a book, The Business General: Transform your business using seven secrets of military success, published by Random House, with Deborah Tom in 2006.[21] He has also lectured as a guest speaker, including at the University of Oxford.[4] As of 2010, Barrons was chairman of Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum.[22]

In May 2013, he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company.

Personal life[edit]

Barrons is married with two daughters.[4]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Barrons was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1993 "in recognition of service during operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia",[23] He was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours.[24] On 29 April 2003, he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2002 to 30 September 2002'.[25] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[26]

In 2004, Barrons was awarded his first Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, for services in the Iraq in 2003,[27] his second coming in 2006 in recognition of 2005 service in Northern Ireland.[28]

He was awarded the American Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) 'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq'.[29]

Order of the Bath (ribbon).svg Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg

NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Iraq Medal BAR.svg General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Accumulated Campaign Service Medal BAR.svg Us legion of merit officer rib.png

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) 2013 Birthday Honours.[26]
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 2003 'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2002 to 30 September 2002'.[25]
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 2000 New Year Honours.[24]
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) 1993 "in recognition of service during operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia",[23]
UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif UNPROFOR Medal
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg NATO medal for Kosovo
OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan
Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal BAR.svg Accumulated Campaign Service Medal
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States) 2010 'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq'.[30]
UK Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service device.svg Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service 2003[27]
2005 [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammond, Philip (24 January 2013). "New senior military officers appointed". Ministry of Defence (GOV.UK). Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47364. p. 13729. 31 October 1977. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014. "Gen Richard Barrons, Commander Joint Forces Command, 54" 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Brigadier Richard L Barrons CBE". The Queen's College, Oxford. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48287. p. 12028. 22 August 1980. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48554. p. 3781. 16 March 1981. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49552. p. 15767. 28 November 1983. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52691. p. 16034. 21 October 1991. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54827. p. 7831. 7 July 1997. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56620. p. 7887. 2 July 2002. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57168. p. 123. 6 January 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58752. p. 9836. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Major General Richard Barrons CBE (UK Army)". International Security Assistance Force. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Starkey, Jerome (3 March 2010). "Major-General Richard Barrons puts Taleban fighter numbers at 36,000". The Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  15. ^ Crick, Andy (28 September 2009). "British Army Chief Major General Richard Barrons will talk Nato foes into surrender". The Sun (News Group Newspapers). Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Afghan plan offers jobs, training to Taliban". msnbc.com (Associated Press via MSN). 5 October 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Witte, Griff (14 December 2009). "Afghan government not keeping promises to insurgents changing sides - washingtonpost.com". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "BBC News – Army job loss e-mails: Soldiers get apology". BBC News (BBC). 15 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  19. ^ Service Appointments The Times, 8 June 2011
  20. ^ "New senior military officers appointed". Inside Government. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Business General: Transform your business using seven secrets of military success". Random House. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "Museum to show hero soldier's medal – UK & Ireland, Breaking News – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk". The Belfast Telegraph (Independent News & Media). 17 July 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  23. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53333. p. 34. 11 June 1993. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  24. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55710. p. 6. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  25. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56920. p. 5273. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  26. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 2. 15 June 2013.
  27. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57269. p. 5133. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  28. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57936. pp. 4193–4194. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  29. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59554. pp. 18539–18540. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  30. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59554. pp. 18539–18540. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
Military offices
Preceded by
Bruce Brealey
Deputy Commanding General Multi-National Corps – Iraq
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Bill Moore
Preceded by
James Bucknall
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
2010–2011
Succeeded by
James Everard
Preceded by
Simon Mayall
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations)
2011–2013
Succeeded by
James Everard
Preceded by
Sir Stuart Peach
Commander, Joint Forces Command
April 2013 to present
Incumbent