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James "Drew" Barnett

Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
W100K Participant 2016

Supervisory Special Agent Drew Barnett attended Mississippi State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.  Upon graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and received his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1992.  Barnett spent his first years of service in Naval Aviation and finished his service as a Military Liaison to the U.S. Intelligence Community in the Washington DC area.  

Barnett joined the FBI in 2000.  In 2005, he was selected to deploy with Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan.  While serving with the U.S. Navy SEALs, Barnett was severely injured in a roadside accident that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and significant lacerations to the left side of his head.  The impact of the crash forced his M4 carbine weapon through his left underarm into his shoulder (permanently and completely destroying all four of his left shoulder rotator cuffs and one of his left bicep muscles).  Barnett’s left leg was severely damaged as a piece of the HUMVEE roof pierced completely through his left quadriceps muscle; and his lower left leg was crushed with multiple compound fractures.

Barnett was medically evacuated to Walter Reed Medical Center.  Doctors told him he would never run again or regain the use of his left arm and was encouraged to ‘medically retire’ from the FBI.  Instead, he underwent numerous surgeries and painful rehabilitation.  Thirteen months later, he deployed back to Afghanistan as part of a special operations unit. In 2008, Barnett was diagnosed with complications associated with his TBI from the 2005 accident.  Today, he swims and mountain bikes to stay physically and mentally fit.  

Barnett currently works as a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI in the Washington area.  He and his wife, Wendy, have an adorable son.



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