Special Agent Drew Barnett was born in Canada and grew up in Mississippi. He 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. Drew 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.
Drew joined the FBI in 2000. In 2005, Drew was selected to deploy with Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. While serving with the U.S. Navy SEALs, Drew was severely injured in a roadside accident that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and significant lacerations to the left side of Drew’s 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). Drew’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.
Drew was medically evacuated to Walter Reed Medical Center and doctors told him he would never be able to run again or regain the use of his left arm and was encouraged to ‘medically retire’ from the FBI. He did not heed the doctor’s advice and instead set goals for himself and pursued extensive and painful rehabilitation, hundreds of doctor visits, and underwent numerous surgeries. Thirteen months later, Drew deployed back to Afghanistan as part of a special operations unit.
In 2008, Drew was diagnosed with complications associated with his TBI from his 2005 accident. Today, he swims and mountain bikes to stay physically and mentally fit. Drew currently works as a Special Agent for the FBI in the Washington, DC Field Office. He and his wife, Wendy, have an adorable son.