CAPTAIN BARNEY ROBERT BARENDSE
NURSE CORPS, UNITED STATES NAVY
Captain BARENDSE was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, grew up in Bradenton, Florida and
enlisted in the United States Navy 13 May 1973.
He reported to the United States Navy Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida in August 1973. Upon
completion he reported to Hospital Corps School, Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. Upon
completion of Hospital Corps School he reported to Balboa Naval Hospital for duty as a general duty staff
corpsman in January 1974. He reported to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute for Aerospace Medical
Technician School in January 1975. Upon completion of school, he reported to the Naval Air Station,
Jacksonville, Florida for Search and Rescue duty. Completing his active duty obligation in August 1977,
he was released from active duty. Reporting to USNR Unit Fleet Logistic Squadron Five Eight (VR58),
he flew aircrew as a DC-9B NATOPS Flight Attendant Instructor.
Captain BARENDSE was commissioned in 1982 following graduation from the University of North
Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following Officer Indoctrination School, he reported to
the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a staff nurse.
An overseas assignment in January 1986 to the Branch Naval Hospital, Naval Air Station, Sigonella,
Sicily, Italy as the Officer in Charge and Charge Nurse of the Flight Line Clinic was his next assignment.
Following this assignment, Captain BARENDSE was assigned to the First Medical Battalion, First Force
Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California as the Director of Professional Services. During this
assignment Captain BARENDSE was deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 18 August 1990 to 22
March 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm as Commanding Officer of ECHO Surgical
Support Company. During this deployment his company relocated three times in order to provide combat
medical support to the I Marine Expeditionary Force. His company received, stabilized, performed
surgical intervention and evacuated over 90% of the ground war casualties, including the first American
casualty and the first Iraqi Enemy Prisoners of War.
Captain BARENDSE attended the USMC Command and Staff College class FY92 and graduated 09
June 1993. He then reported to Headquarters, Marine Forces Pacific, as the Medical Plans/Intel Officer
until August 1995. He then reported to the I Marine Expeditionary Force Surgeons Office, Camp
Pendleton, CA until August 1999 as a Medical Plans/Intel Officer and served as the Naval Medicines'
Operational Nurse Corps Specialty Leader.
Captain BARENDSE reported as the Director, Operational Medical Training at the Naval Operational
Medicine Institute (NOMI), Pensacola FL OCT 99. He acquired a Masters of Education from University
of West FL. Dec 2000.
Captain BARENDSE deployed to the CENTCOM area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the MARCENT Combat Assessment Team from DEC 2001 to JUN 2002. Upon returning to NOMI from his deployment he was appointed the Director for Administration.
Captain BARENDSE was the Executive Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and
Deputy, Joint Task Force Surgeon, Detention Operations, Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Following that tour he
took command at Naval Operational Medical Institute, on NAS Pensacola as the Commanding Officer
and retired after that tour.
Captain BARENDSE personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal
with two Gold stars. Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
with one Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and the
Naval Reserve Meritorious Medal.