Joint military service training conducted by Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay ARFF (Marine Corps Firefighters) and the 142 Wing Air Guard (Air Force firefighters) resulted in countless lessons learned through both small group exercises and live fire training proved to be a success on many levels. Ultimately, the integrated live fire training event at the culmination of our time together, demonstrated and validated that when called upon, each service’s firefighting entities are able to seamlessly come together and successfully fight fire.
Independently, we were successful, but together we thrived.
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Justin E. Barnes, Chief Warrant Officer (USMC)
Private Barnes attended Recruit Training at MCRD San Diego, CA in Oct 2002 and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. Following Recruit Training, Private First Class Barnes attended Marine Combat training and Bulk Fuel Specialist training at Fort Lee, VA. After completing initial training PFC Barnes reported to MWSS-172 in Okinawa, Japan.
As part of MWSS-172 PFC Barnes was promoted to Lance Corporal and deployed to Australia in 2004 as part of Operation CROC. Completing the tour in Japan, Lance Corporal Barnes departed Okinawa and checked into MWSS-372 at Camp Pendleton, CA.
With MWSS-372 Lance Corporal Barnes was promoted to the Corporal and deployed to Iraq from August of 2005 to April of 2006 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Corporal Barnes served as the fuels crew leader, FARP NCOIC, and vehicle commander for convoy security at Camp Fallujah, Al Ramadi and FOB Taquadam. At the conclusion of a successful tour with MWSS-372 Corporal Barnes was promoted to Sergeant and moved to MWSS-371 in Yuma, AZ and subsequently executed a lateral move to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) in 2008.
After completion of the DOD Fire Academy Sergeant Barnes fulfilled duties as a Crew leader, Assistant Chief of Logistics, Station Captain, and aircraft salvage and recovery team leader at MCAS Yuma. Attached to MWSS-371, he deployed to Afghanistan from August 2011- May 2012 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). After the completion of his tour of duty at MWSS-371, Sergeant Barnes checked into Drill Instructor School class 4-12 at MCRD San Diego.
Sergeant Barnes was assigned to 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Bravo Company in October 2013 and completed six training cycles as a Drill Instructor, Experience Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor. After being promoted to Staff Sergeant he fulfilled the duties of Battalion Drill Master for his last year of his tour. Staff Sergeant Barnes received orders to MWSS-171 at MCAS Iwakuni after a successful tour of duty on the drill field.
Staff Sergeant Barnes checked into MWSS-171 in August of 2015. He served as the Assistant Chief of Operations at the MCAS Iwakuni ARFF until being selected to Warrant Officer in Sept 2016. Staff Sergeant Barnes was appointed as a WO at The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA in Feb 2017. After completion of TBS, WO Barnes completed the Expeditionary Airfield (EAF) School in Pensacola, FL and received orders to MWSS-271 Cherry Point, NC.
After checking into MWSS-271 in 2017, WO Barnes completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Class 2-18 at MAWTS-1 Yuma, AZ as well as the Contingency Airfield Pavement Evaluation (CAPE) course at Tyndall Air Force Base and was subsequently promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 2 in August 2018. At MWSS-271 he supported numerous field exercises including Integrated Training Exercise 1-20 serving as the exercise Air Boss and Aviation Operations Company Commander. In July of 2020, CWO2 Barnes was assigned to MCAS Kaneohe Bay as the ARFF and Recovery Officer In Charge (OIC).
Favio A. Rivera, Master Sergeant (USMC)
Private First Class Rivera enlisted in the Marine Corps on January 13, 2003. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. In May 2003, Private First Class Rivera completed Marine Combat Training, Camp Pendleton, California and went on to Fort Bliss, Texas to complete the 7212 Low Altitude Air Defense Gunner (LAAD) training in October 2003.
Private First Class Rivera was then assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Air Control Group-18, 1st Stinger Battery Okinawa Japan. Within his first year he attended, the Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Course Jungle Warfare Training Center Okinawa and LAAD Gunner Team Leaders Course. In January 2004 Private First Class Rivera was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In March 2004, Lance Corporal Rivera deployed to the Korean Peninsula and participated in joint exercise Foal Eagle.
Lance Corporal Rivera was then assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Air Control Group-38, 3rd LAAD Battalion Alpha Battery in October 2004 where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Rivera was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2007 and shortly after was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. In May 2007, Favio Rivera re-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and received orders to 2nd LAAD Battalion, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Sergeant Rivera would deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Patrol Leader for 2nd LAAD Battalion Bravo Battery in April 2008. While in Iraq, he was approved for a Lateral Move into his current occupational specialty, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. Upon returning from deployment in October 2008, Sergeant Rivera would receive orders to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. He attended the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy in San Angelo, Texas as a student and received the Distinguished Graduate Award in August 2009.
Sergeant Rivera attended Sergeants Course in 2010 and would then attend the Army Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in March 2011. Sergeant Rivera was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in February 2012. In October 2013, Staff Sergeant Rivera was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Iwakuni, Japan and served as the Future Operations Chief until February 2015. In February 2015 he received orders to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Japan. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and was selected as the 2016 Military Fire Officer of the Year.
Gunnery Sergeant Rivera reported to Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in January 2017. He has since held the positions of the Assistant Chief of Training and ARFF Assistant Chief of Operations. Gunnery Sergeant Rivera was promoted to his current rank of Master Sergeant in March 2021.
Master Sergeant Rivera will execute his next assignment as the ARFF Deputy Fire Chief for Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona in July 2021.
Wesley D. Barker Gunnery Sergeant (USMC)
Wesley D. Barker was born in Memphis, TX. He Graduated West Texas High School in 2003. He enrolled in Nursing School at Frank Phillips College in 2003 and graduated with his LPN Certificate in 2004. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and reported to MCRD San Diego in November 2006 for recruit training. Private First Class Barker completed recruit training in February 2007. In May 2007 Private First Class Barker reported to Goodfellow AFB, TX to complete Fire Apprentice training.
Upon completion in July 2007, Private First Class Barker was assigned to MCAS Yuma, AZ as a Turret Operator. August 2007 Private First Class Barker was promoted to Lance Corporal. April 2008 Lance Corporal Barker was promoted to Corporal and in January 2011 Corporal Barker was promoted to Sergeant; all while being at MCAS Yuma and holding every billet an NCO could as an ARFF Marine.
February 2011 Sergeant Barker reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371 as a Section Leader/ Platoon Sergeant and deployed with the unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2011-April 2012. Upon return from deployment Sergeant Barker was assigned as a Corporal’s Course Instructor for MCAS Yuma until his departure from the local area.
May 2013 Sergeant Barker reported to Goodfellow AFB, TX and was assigned as a Structural Fire Ground Operations basic course instructor for the Louis F. Garland DoD Fire Academy. Sergeant Barker was promoted to Staff Sergeant November 2015 and was assigned as an Instructor Supervisor.
December 2016 Staff Sergeant Barker reported to MCAS Beaufort, SC as an ARFF Section Leader where he served until his current rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Gunnery Sergeant Barker was promoted January 2019 and received PCS orders to MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI for December 2019. He served as Assistant Chief of Logistics until March 2021 and is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Training.
Gunnery Sergeant Barker’s personal decorations include; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd Award). Gunnery Sergeant Barker has also achieved an Associated of Applied Science in Instructor of Technology and Military Studies and an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science.
Justin T. Curl, Gunnery Sergeant (USMC)
Upon completion of recruit training in July of 2006, Private First Class Curl attended Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry at Camp Geiger. He then attended the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy in San Angelo, Texas and was assigned the military occupational specialty 7051, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Specialist.
Private First Class Curl reported to the Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Virginia in December of 2006. While a member of MCAF Quantico, Private First Class Curl was promoted up to the rank of Sergeant, twice meritoriously.
Sergeant Curl reported for duty to the Marine Wing Support Squadron-274 in Cherry Point, North Carolina in November of 2009. Sergeant Curl deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In June of 2012, Sergeant Curl reported to the Basic Instructor Course at the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy in San Angelo, Texas. Upon completion, he continued on as an instructor for the Emergency Medical Responder, Fire Science, and Technical Rescue courses. Sergeant Curl was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in February of 2014 and served the remainder of his time at the academy as the Platoon Sergeant.
Staff Sergeant Curl returned to the Marine Wing Support Sqaudron-274 in October of 2015 where he held the billet of Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Expeditionary Fire Fighting and Rescue. In November of 2017 Staff Sergeant Curl was transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Support, Cherry Point to serve as the Assistant Chief of Training for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting and was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant the following month.
Gunnery Sergeant Curl reported to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in July of 2019 where he currently holds the billet of Assistant Chief of Operations.
Gunnery Sergeant Curl’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, and the 2019 and 2020 Marine Corps Fire Officer of the Year. Gunnery Sergeant Curl has also achieved an Associate of Fire Science and an Associate of Instructor of Military Technology.
Alan M. Duval Fire Chief (USAF)
Alan joined the military in December of 2002, at the Portland Air National Guard, where his grandfather had served after World War II. Alan left for boot camp at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas in March of 2003. With outstanding performance in boot camp, Alan attained the title of Honor Grad, an award given to less than 3% of all Air Force personnel, for distinguishing themselves above all others. After boot camp, Alan was promoted to the rank of Airman First Class. Alan then returned to Portland to work with his home unit at the 142nd Fire Department.
In August 2004, Alan left for the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy in San Angelo, Texas. Alan obtained the certifications to be a firefighter and an airport firefighter in December 2004, and graduated top of his class. Alan then returned home to continue his training with the Portland 142nd Fire Department.
Within the first year, Alan obtained Telecommunicator I/II and III driver’s certifications; ARFF, pumper, and mobile water supply. Alan was promoted to the rank of senior airman. In October 2005, Alan was hired to an entry-level firefighter position as a civilian with the Portland Airbase Fire Dept. The skills and certifications that he obtained with the Air National Guard helped him in obtaining the position.
In 2009, Alan augmented the Oregon CERFP Army and Air Force unit, working as a search and extraction medic. Alan received 2 awards; the Army Accommodation Medal and the Air Force Accommodation Medal, for his outstanding service in helping the unit pass their operational inspection. Working and training in the fire department over the next few years, he gained new ranks as his skills grew, and obtained the rank of Technical Sergeant. Alan had completed his Officer I/II, Instructor I/II, Inspector I/II, Rescue Tech I/II, Hazmat Technician, and Hazmat Incident Commander certifications and was ready for the next step in his career.
In 2014, Alan transitioned to the Air Force Reserves assigned to an active-duty fire department at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. Working with active-duty firefighters gave him a new career perspective and he gained valuable skills in fire department management. It gave him an understanding of what it takes to lead a fire department and he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant.
In 2015, Alan was promoted in his civilian career to the rank of Captain where he leads a shift of 6 firefighters. The added skills and leadership responsibilities gave him the necessary skills for the next step in his military career.
In 2018, after working four years with the active-duty fire department at McConnell Air Force Base, Alan transitioned back to the 142nd Portland Air National Guard Fire Department, where he became the Assistant Chief of Training. He attended Alabama Fire College and earned his Instructor III certification. Then in summer of 2018, in preparation for his next steps in the fire department, he attended the Chief Fire Officers’ course in Washington DC.
The 142nd Fire Department deployed in August of 2018 to February 2019. During that time Alan worked as the interim fire chief. He then attended Alabama Fire College to attain the Fire officer III and IV certifications. In December of 2020, Alan was promoted to the position of DSG Fire Chief of the 142nd Air National Guard Fire Department where Alan oversees 33 DSG firefighters.
Kyle Nelson Master Sergeant (USAF)
Kyle Nelson is currently working as the Assistant Chief of Operations within the 142nd CES/FES. As the
Assistant Chief he serves under the direction of the Fire Chief. The position is an integral part of the
Management Team working closely with the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and the Assistant Chiefs of Training and Readiness.
As an Assistant Chief of Operations, Kyle supervises, and directs line personnel in Fire Protection, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical and Training operations. Prior to working as the Assistant Chief of Operations, Kyle has preformed duties as Assistant Chief of Prevention, Station Captain, Crew Chief, Readiness Lead, and Fire Fighter. As the Assistant chief of Fire Prevention Kyle was the sole prevention officer at a deployed location. He performed Fire Inspections, Fire System functional checks, Alarm System initial certification, and Fire Suppression System inspections/Plans Reviews.
As the Station Captain he directed and supervised station crews. He was responsible for the maintenance and care of buildings, apparatus and equipment throughout the duty day. In this position interaction with the general public and/or other base personnel was common, therefore excellent customer service skills, and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public was imperative. Additionally, Kyle responded to, supervised and performed emergency aid activities, made initial assessments, assumed initial command and directed all fire department activities until command was transferred.
As a Crew Chief, Kyle supervised a four person crew in a variety of activities to include: fire suppression and medical emergency duties by evaluating situations, supervising and coordinating operations, ensuring personnel safety, and coordinating emergency incident responses.
As Readiness Lead, Kyle worked as a liaison with the Civil Engineering UDM to ensure all Fire Department Personnel were ready to deploy IAW Air Force Standards. He worked with Fire Department members to ensure their Mobility Folders were up to date and that the members were current on all training.
In addition, Kyle had duties as weapons courier, cargo courier, pallet team leader, and organizing hazardous materials declarations for shipping.
During Kyle’s time as a Firefighter/EMT, he was involved in the protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing and preventing fires. Work involved training for and participating in firefighting duties, providing emergency care for sick and injured persons and fire prevention activities on assigned shifts. Other duties included routine maintenance of fire apparatus, as well as drilling and training in new firefighting techniques and practices.
Lastly, Kyle has deployed four times in support of OIF/ OEF, twice to Kuwait and twice to Bahrain. Kyle has also gone TDY to numerous locations within the United States, including: Channel Islands ANG base, CA; Yuma, AZ for Operation Diamondback; Cannon AFB, NM; Moody AFB, GA and Spangdahlem AFB, Germany to backfill fire departments. Kyle has attended schools in Alabama, and Maryland to further his professional education.