Chief Warrant Officer John Barnes served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantryman for thirty-six years, primarily in The Royal Canadian Regiment. He served in Germany, Cyprus, the Former Yugoslavia, Qatar and Afghanistan. While serving with 1 RCR in Afghanistan in 2006, he was the Company Sergeant Major of Charles Company. He has been awarded the Sacrifice Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Military Merit. Now retired, he lives in the National Capital Region with his wife of 33 years, Julie.
His memoir, White School, Black Memories is available now.