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Chief Thomas Nelson Barnes, Jr
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1930
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 2003
Sherman
Grayson County
Texas, USA

United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He was the first African-American and fourth chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Chief Barnes was adviser to the Secretaries and also Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force on matters concerning welfare, effective utilization and progress of the enlisted members of the Air Force. In April 1949 he enlisted in the Air Force. His career encompassed service during the Korean and Vietnam wars. During that time he performed duties as flight engineer, hydraulic specialist, flight chief and senior controller. He was crew chief and flight engineer on B-25, T-11, C-45 and C-47 aircraft in support of various requirements of Air Force headquarters. Barnes was promoted to the grade of Chief Master Sergeant on December 1, 1969 and assumed duties as command senior enlisted advisor, at Headquarters Air Training Command, in October 1971. On October 1, 1973, he was appointed chief master sergeant of the Air Force. At the expiration of the initial two-year tenure, he was extended for an additional year by the chief of staff. In February 1976 he was selected by the chief of staff to serve an unprecedented second year extension. Chief Barnes long and distinguished military career culminated in retirement on July 31, 1977. 
 
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  Marie Dinah Rogers Barnes (1928 - 2009)*
 
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Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Honey Grove
Fannin County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Deleon Todd
Record added: Sep 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21754015
Chief Thomas Nelson Barnes, Jr
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Chief Thomas Nelson Barnes, Jr
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Chief Thomas Nelson Barnes, Jr
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Thank you for your service SIR!
- crissie
 Added: Dec. 16, 2013
**** MSGT USAF RETIRED ****
- Cecil Saul
 Added: Feb. 10, 2013

- Slan
 Added: Jun. 13, 2012
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