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Chief Master Sgt. Thomas L. Barefoot is the Career Enlisted Manager of the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The 361st ISR Group is a 25th Air Force direct report unit providing specialized light airborne ISR forces to Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, and joint SOF units around the globe. The group is comprised of four intelligence squadrons and multiple detachments around the world. He advises the Group Commander on enlisted manning and professional development for all enlisted Airmen including enlisted aviators, maintenance, logistics, communications, supply, mission support, resource advisors, training and facilities management personnel. 

Barefoot enlisted in the Air Force in November 1991 under the Delayed Enlistment Program and was called to active duty 2 June 1992. After completion of Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in July 1992, Barefoot completed language training at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California and technical training at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas to complete Cryptologic Linguist training in December 1993. 

Barefoot is a career airborne cryptologic language analyst who has served in a variety of operational and leadership positions in the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency, Air Education Training Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations Command. He has flown missions aboard RC-135S/V/W, EP-3, EC-130H, MC-130H, MC-130P, AC-130U, and MH-53 aircraft. In addition to active flying assignments, Barefoot served a tour supporting the U-2 mission in Korea and one tour as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist Instructor. Barefoot’s assignments include: Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas; and Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida.

1998    Airmen Leadership School, Kadena AB, Japan
1999 Associate in Applied Science, Communications Applications Technology, CCAF 

2005 USAF NCO Academy, Goodfellow AFB, TX
2006 Associate in Applied Science , Instructor of Technology and Military Science, CCAF 

2006 USAF Senior NCO Academy, Non-residence
2011 Bachelor of Science, Far Eastern Studies, Excelsior College 

2011 USAF Senior NCO Academy, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, AL 

2012 National Homeland Security Certification, Excelsior College 

2013 Professional Management Certification, Air University
2014    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, Tampa, FL

1. June 1992 – July 1992, Student, Basic Military Training, 4302d BMTS, Lackland AFB, TX
2. July 1992 – July 1993, Chinese Mandarin Basic Course, 4383d MTS, Monterey, CA
3. August 1993 – December 1993, Cryptologic Linguist Course, 316 TRS, Goodfellow AFB, TX
4. January 1994 – August 1995, EC-13H Analysis Operator, 41 ECS, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
5. September 1995- August 1997, Ground Mission Analyst, 303 IS, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
6. October 1997 – October 2002, Evaluator DSO, 390 IS, Kadena AB, Japan
7. October 2002 – July 2005, RC-135 Cryptologic Operator Evaluator, 390 IS, Kadena AB, Japan
8. August 2005 – October 2011, Flight Chief, Cryptologic Linguist Training, 316 TRS, Goodfellow AFB, TX
9. November 2011 – June 2013, Superintendent, Det 3, 25 IS, Kadena AB, Japan
10. February 2009 – June 2013, Superintendent, Det 3, 25 IS, Kadena AB, Japan
11. July 2013 – August 2015, Operations Superintendent, 25 IS, Hurlburt Field, FL
12. Aug 2015 – Jun 2018, Squadron Superintendent, 25 IS, Hurlburt Field, FL
13. Jul 2018 – Present, Chief Enlisted Manager, 361st ISR Group, Hurlburt Field, FL

Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC)
Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal (7 OLCs)
Air Force Commendation Medal (1 OLC)
Air Force Achievement Medal (1 OLC) 

Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters

2014 Honor Graduate, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy 

2012 43 IS Outstanding ISR SNCO of the Year
2011 361 ISRG SNCO of the Year
2011 Distinguished Graduate Award, USAF SNCO Academy 

2008 AETC Outstanding ISR SNCO of the Year
2004 General Doyle Larson Award, Gold medal recipient for 1A8 Career Field 

1998 Distinguished Graduate Award, Airman Leadership School
1993 General Maxwell D. Taylor Award, Defense Language Institute

CEA Status: Chief Airman Aircrew Member Flight Hours:  3,400 hours
Aircraft Flown: AC-130U, EC-130H, EP-3, MC-130H, MC-130P, MH-53J, RC-135S, RC-135U and RC- 135V/W

Airman First Class, 2 June 1992
Senior Airman, 16 October 1994
Staff Sergeant, 1 March 1999
Technical Sergeant, 1 March 2004
Master Sergeant, 1 July 2007
Senior Master Sergeant, 1 November 2011
Chief Master Sergeant, 1 June 2015

(Current as of 1 Jul 2018)