Military history

Barry Padgett

Born Aug. 2, 1971

Barry is the son of Donna Moore Padgett, grandson of Norma, great-grandson of Delanie, great-great grandson of George Ira Stancil

Barry Padgett while serving in U.S. Navy
Navy photo

Barry was in the U.S. Navy from May 12, 1993, until May 11, 1999. He attended boot camp at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, Fla. From there he transferred to the Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla., attending Electronic Warfare "A" and "C" Schools. Training included eighteen months of intense electronic theory and hands-on work with the Navy's premier electronic warfare systems.

In January 1995, as an Electronic Warfare Technician 3rd Class (E-4), Barry transferred to the USS Gettysburg, (CG-64) stationed out of Mayport, Fla., (near Jacksonville). Then he flew out to the ship which was on a six-month deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf) carrying out Maritime Interdiction Operations off the coast of Iraq. On the way home, the ship pulled into Civitavecchia, Italy (the port of Rome). They spent several days exploring Rome and attended an audience with the Pope. Other port visits on that deployment included Bahrain; Dubai, UAE; Hurghada, Egypt; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

During the next 14 months he started workups for the next deployment cycle, and was promoted to Electronic Warfare Technician 2nd Class (E-5). Port visits included New York City; Newport, RI; Norfolk, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and St. Thomas, USVI.

In June of 1996 the Gettysburg, as a part of the Enterprise Battle Group, left for a six month deployment. They took part in Operation Southern Watch in the Northern Arabian Gulf, enforcing the southern No-Fly zone in Iraq. Also took part in providing operational support for Operation Joint Endeavour in the Adriatic Sea as a part of NATO's peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. Port visits included Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Villefranche-sur-Mer, France; Naples, Italy; Souda Bay, Crete; Haifa, Israel; Bahrain; and Jebel Ali, UAE.

Most of 1997 was spent pier-side undergoing engineer certification and a restricted yard period. In December, they took part in Counter Narcotic Operations in the Eastern Pacific. On this underway period Barry earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) warfare pin. Port visits include Panama City, Panama; Salinas, Ecuador; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 1998, they began workups for our next deployment. Port visits included Charleston, SC; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and St. Marten.

In November 1998, the Gettysburg, as a part of the Enterprise Battle Group, left for another six month deployment. We took part in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Desert Fox in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Port visits included Dubai, UAE; Victoria, the Seychelles; Haifa, Israel; Naples, Italy; Villefranche-sur-Mer, France; and Genoa, Italy. Barry's enlistment ended two days after returning from this deployment.

He left the Navy as an Electronic Warfare Technician 2nd Class, (ESWS) with the following medals and awards:

Two Navy Achievement Medals
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy E Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment
NATO Medal
Navy Pistol Marksmanship

Source: Barry Gregory Padgett, June 10, 2008