Captain Evan Barnes

Marine Officer Instructor


Captain Evan A. Barnes earned his Bachelor of Science in Control Systems Engineering from The United States Naval Academy.  While at the Naval Academy, he was a member of the Varsity Soccer Team and received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend graduate school overseas. Captain Barnes graduated in May 2008 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Following his graduation, Captain Barnes reported to Marine Forces Europe Command and enrolled in The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden as a part of the Overseas Graduate Education Program. Following the conclusion of his studies, he received orders to report to The Basic School in Quantico, VA as a member of Golf Company. Captain Barnes then reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, FL in May 2010 where he initiated his flight school training.  He received his naval aviator wings in February of 2012 and was assigned to the “Raiders” of VMGR-352 located at MCAS Miramar as a KC-130J Pilot.  Prior to joining the Raiders, Captain Barnes attended SERE training at NAS North Island and also successfully completed the KC-130J Aircrew Training Unit at MCAS Miramar.

While serving with the Raiders of VMGR-352, Captain Barnes held multiple billets including Squadron Intelligence Officer, Security Manager, and various Operations billets. A graduate of the Advanced Airlift Tactics & Training Course hosted by the U.S. Air Force, Captain Barnes has conducted operations on 5 separate continents in support of Marine Corps operations abroad. Throughout his time with the Raiders, Captain Barnes deployed multiple times to the Middle East in support of operations with the 11MEU, 13 MEU, 26 MEU, MAG-50 RFF, and SPMAGTF-CENT.

Captain Barnes’ current qualifications include KC-130J Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, Section Lead, and Tactical Refueling Area Commander.  Captain Barnes has over 1,000 hrs of flight time in various platforms and his personal awards include Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award and Strike/Flight Air Medal for his involvement in combat operations abroad.