Commander Barton is currently assigned as the Senior Reserve Officer in Sector Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida.
Prior to his assignment to Sector Jacksonville, Commander Barton served from 2012 to 2015, as the Reserve Logistics Department lead at Sector Long Island Sound where he was responsible for a ninety-five member Logistics Department including 65 Active Duty, 27 Reserve, and 3 civilian Coast Guard employees in the areas of engineering, finance/supply, galley, personnel, medical, housing and education. Commander Barton is a certified Type III Finance Section Chief. Additionally, Commander Barton volunteered to serve as the Reserve Judge Advocate (RJAG) project manager (PM) where he lead a working group in the development and implementation of the new Coast Guard Reserve legal program.
Commander Barton served on active duty from 2010-2012 assigned to the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC) where he managed the Coast Guard’s claims response to the Nation’s first spill of national significance following the Deepwater Horizon Incident. He remains the only uniformed member of the Coast Guard to have managed the claims response to a Spill of National Significance. In his capacity as a Reserve Judge Advocate, Commander Barton’s previous legal assignments include both active and reserve service in the First and Ninth District Legal Offices (2002-2010) as well as the Office of Maritime and International Law (1998-2000).
Commander Barton has afloat experience in both the Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marines having served as the Operations Officer onboard USCGC GENTIAN (WIX-290) (2000-2002 – “Caribbean Support Tender”) and onboard various Military Sealift Command vessels deployed world-wide in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2003 to 2006.
As a Federal civilian employee, Commander Barton currently serves as the Coast Guard’s primary ethics attorney advisor in the Office of General Law within the Office of the Judge Advocate General, United States Coast Guard. He is the senior ethics attorney for the Coast Guard and serves under the general direction and supervision of the Chief, Office of General Law (a Coast Guard Captain).
Commander Barton received his B.A. from Syracuse University (1991) and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law (1998). He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Information Science from Drexel University (2008) and has attended the National Defense University’s Reserve Component National Security Course. Commander Barton joined the Coast Guard as a Direct Commission Lawyer in 1998.
Individual military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (2), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3) with the Operational Distinguishing Device, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal and a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation. Commander Barton received the Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Award from the Judge Advocate’s Association in 2013.
Commander Barton resides near Valley Forge, PA with his wife and two sons. He enjoys outdoor activities with his two boys and making improvements to their old stone home built in 1790.