Captain Barry D. Adams, a West Texas native, earned his Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from the University of Texas, Arlington (1987) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (2006). He currently serves as Executive Officer, Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Adams was commissioned as Lieutenant, Junior Grade in the Navy Medical Service Corps (1995), and awarded the Navy League Alfred Award for highest military bearing upon completing Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, R.I. He served his first tour (1995-1997) as Director, Navy Fleet and Family Service Center, Naval Training Command and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Orlando, Florida, from which he was specially assigned to Operation Sea Signal and Navy Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1995-1996).
In 1998, he was assigned as Director, Marine Corps Counseling and Advocacy Services, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, where he was tasked by the Commanding General, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, to conduct special assignments aboard USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), USS Germantown (LSD-42), USS Dubuque (LPD-8), and USS Patriot (MCM-7).
From 2001 to 2003, Adams served as Clinical Credentialing Consultant, Bureau of Navy Personnel, Millington, TN, where he was selected for the PhD Duty Under Instruction program, graduating with his PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2006. Adams served as Combat and Operational Stress Control Consultant, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (2006-2008) before graduating from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (2009), the only Navy Social Worker to earn aviation wings as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist.
He next served as Director, Aeromedical Research, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Pensacola, FL (2009-2010). Adams was assigned to the Independent Panel for Department of Defense Review Related to Fort Hood (2009), followed by appointment as Director, Deployment Health, Wounded, Ill and Injured, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (2010). During this tour, Adams completed two tours to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan as the first Navy/Marine Corps Research Specialist on the Joint Mental Health Advisory Team SEVEN (2010), and as Officer in Charge of Navy Mobile Care Team Five, Naval Central Command Forward, Afghanistan (2012).
He served as Navy Social Work Specialty Leader (2013-2016) and was appointed as the first and sole Active Duty Navy Professor at the Army/Fayetteville State University Master of Social Work Program, Army Medical Department Center and School, U.S. Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence, Fort Sam Houston, TX (2013-2016).
Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW), Aerospace Experimental Psychologist (AEP), Naval Aviation Safety Officer (ASO), designated qualified Operational Risk Management (ORM) instructor, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and was awarded the NASW Social Work Pioneer award (2016).
Adams’s personal awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (3), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star), the NATO ISAF medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (bronze star) and various Navy/Marine Corps and Joint unit commendations.