LIEUTENANT COLONEL JAMES DOUGLAS BARRETT, CD
Lt.Col. Barrett was born in Vancouver, BC, in 1956; completed High School
in 1974, a two year college diploma in 1976 and a Bachelor of Education
Degree at the University of British Columbia in 1979.
Barrett enrolled in the Primary Reserves in 1982 as a Private soldier in The
British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), where he
completed his Basic and Recruit training and served as a Trooper.
Trooper Barrett was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the fall of
1982, and for the next twenty three years served that Regiment in all
capacities ranging from Recruiting Officer, Course Officer, Quartermaster
and Adjutant, to Squadron Commander and Deputy Commanding Officer.
During this period, Barrett served in Europe with 4 CBMG as a
Reconnaissance Umpire for NATO FALLEX’s, EX SOLAR PASSAGE, and EX
FLINKER IGLE, the latter being a Corps level exercise.
He served on temporary duty in the fall of 1986 as a Troop Officer with A
Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians).
In 1990, Lt.Col. Barrett received the Land Force Western Area
Commander’s “Commendation for Lifesaving”, and in 1991, qualified as a
Combat Team Commander in Suffield, Alberta. He commanded A Squadron
BCR between 1994 and 1996, during which his Regiment won the
Dunwoody Trophy for being the best armoured unit in Western Canada.
Promoted Major in 1996, Barrett completed the Militia Command
and Staff College in Kingston in 1998.
Between 1998 and 2000, Jim assumed command of 2290 (BCR) Royal
Canadian Army Cadet Corps before returning to regimental duty as Deputy
Lieutenant Colonel Barrett was presented the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
in 2002, serving as G1 Special Projects Officer for 39 CBG in the spring of
2004, and the first Domestic Operations Liaison Officer (Lower Mainland)
later that fall.
In 2005, Lt.Col. Barrett transferred to 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal
Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA) where he assumed the duties of
During 39 CBG Brigade Exercise COUGAR SALVO 2007, he was employed as
the Deputy Commanding Officer of Task Force COUGAR, ensuring the well-
being of more than 300 soldiers from all units in the Brigade.
On 11 September 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Barrett was appointed
Commanding Officer of 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA.
He participated on the History and Heritage Committee for the Royal
Regiment of Canadian Artillery Association prior to relinquishing his
command in June 2011.
Lt.Col. Barrett was awarded the 39 CBG Commander’s Commendation by
Col. Bryan Gagne for his efforts in running the Annual Military Ball for
He assumed the Assistant Chief-of-Staff duties at Brigade Headquarters
where he was employed until November 2013.
Lt.Col. Barrett was awarded his second Brigade Commander’s
Commendation in recognition of his service at the Headquarters, and was
awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013