John Barrows named Bureau of Reclamation's chief security officer

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For Release: January 22, 2019

John Barrows
John Barrows
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation's Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Director Karen Knight named John A. Barrows as Reclamation's chief security officer. Barrows will oversee the Security Program, a risk management program designed to protect Reclamation’s facilities as well as employees, contractors, and the public at or near those facilities.

"Ensuring Reclamation's facilities and the people around them are secure is our number one priority in supporting the delivery of water and generation of power," Knight said. "John's extensive experience in all aspects of security and law enforcement will help ensure that security measures are implemented and unacceptable risks are mitigated."

Barrows joined Reclamation's Security Program in 2015 as the fortification program team lead. Prior to Reclamation he served as the deputy division chief at Headquarters Air Force Space Command Security Forces from 2009 to 2015. Barrows was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 2005 as a law enforcement specialist (security forces) and later in his career as a security forces chief master sergeant.

Following his military career from 2005 to 2009, Barrows worked at Northrop Grumman in the Systems Division where he served Air Force Space Command as a Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistance contractor in the Space Systems Security Branch.

He has a master's degree in Space Systems Operations Management from Webster University and a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University.

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