Mr. Barnhart is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Petroleum Reserves in the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He provides executive leadership and directs the management and operation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, and the Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserve.

He joined DOE in 2015 as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of Environmental Management where he led decommissioning and demolition of nuclear facilities. Previously, as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force he was the chief engineer of U.S. Air Forces Central Command responsible for Air Force engineer warfighting operations in the Middle-East and Afghanistan. He commanded engineer squadrons in Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Nebraska, and Japan, and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and at USAF Headquarters in the Pentagon.

He has award winning experience leading construction, facilities & airfield maintenance, contract management, fire protection, disaster/emergency response. He also led policy development, budget planning, and execution for the Air Force’s environmental and energy programs.

Mr. Barnhart is a native of Chariton, Iowa. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri S&T and a Master of Military Art & Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional, and a Certified Facility Manager.