As a Marine Officer for over 27 and one-half years, Mr. Barnum served multiple tours as an artilleryman with both the 3rd and 2nd Marine Divisions to include two tours in Vietnam; 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Guard Officer at Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor and Operations Officer, Hawaiian Armed Forces Police; Weapons Instructor at the Officer Basic School; four years at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company and the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion of the Training Regiment; Chief of Current Operations, US Central Command where he planned and executed the first U.S./Jordanian joint exercise staff as the Commander of U.S. Forces and twice planned and executed operation BRIGHT STAR spread over four southwest Asian countries involving 26,000 personnel . Headquarters Marine Corps tours included: aide to the Assistant Commandant as a Captain and Deputy Director Public Affairs, Director Special Projects Directorate and Military Secretary to the Commandant as a Colonel. Upon retirement in 1989, Colonel Barnum served as the Principal Director, Drug Enforcement Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Mr. Barnum now serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards including Segs4Vets; Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; and Medifast.
Mr. Barnum's personal medals and decorations include:
the Medal of Honor; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of a second award;
Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V"; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Army Presidential Unit Citation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Navy Unit Citation; two awards of the Meritorious Unit Citation; the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (silver); Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Mr. Barnum is married to Martha E. Hill of Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Barnum's reside in Reston,Virginia.