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Inspector General, U.S. Pacific Command (J004)

Colonel Sean G. Barrett, U.S. Army

Since November 13, 2016, Colonel Sean G. Barrett has served as the Inspector General for the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) headquartered at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

Colonel Barrett is a U.S. Army Officer and member of the Adjutant General’s Corps specializing in Human Resources Management. He came to USPACOM after earning a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the U.S. National War College in Washington D.C. He previously earned a Master in International Management in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in International Trade, Politics and Economics in 1989 from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.

Colonel Barrett previously served as battalion commander of the Allied Forces North Battalion (AFNORTH) in SHAPE, Belgium, supporting U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to NATO organizations throughout northern Europe. Other key assignments include Executive Officer to the Director of Enlisted Personnel Management at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command; Adjutant and Senior Human Resources Officer for the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment / 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division which included a deployment to Ramadi, Iraq; Director of Human Resources of the U.S. Army Garrison, Japan; Secretary of the General Staff for the U.S. Army, Japan; Chief of Manpower Operations for the Director of Human Resources, Combined-Joint Task Force 180 (XVIII Airborne Corps), Bagram, Afghanistan; and Company Commander of the 129 Postal Company forward deployed as part of NATO’s Stabilization Forces in Bosnia and Croatia.

Barrett took a five year break from active military service beginning in 1995. During this time, he completed an internship with Ryowa Corporation in Osaka, Japan, where focused on learning Japanese business culture, practices, language, and the automotive industry. After returning to his home town of The Dalles, Oregon, he served as a City Counselor, member of the Mid-Columbia Economic Development Council, an adjunct professor at the Columbia Gorge Community College, while working in small business management and sales.