EUCOM dedicates room to honor Sailor’s selfless service

Story & photos by Gloria Colón-Buzatu

U.S. European Command leadership dedicated their Deployment and Distribution Operations Center  in memory of Petty Officer 3rd Class William J. Barnette Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

Barnette was honored for his key role in transforming the EDDOC to a high-tech command and control facility.

The EDDOC now has the capability to support theater-wide unclassified and classified communications in support of contingency operations and plans.

Barnette was assigned to the EDDOC from October 2009 to August 2011. He eventually transitioned from the military and relocated to Seattle, Wash., where he later died in a skiing accident Jan. 22, 2012, at age 31.

 

Brig. Gen. Blaine D. Holt, EUCOM Director of Logistics, unveils a plaque that dedicates the EDDOC in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette.

Brig. Gen. Blaine D. Holt, EUCOM Director of Logistics, unveils a plaque that dedicates the EDDOC in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

 

Col. Jimmy Canlas, Chief, EDDOC, passionately describes how Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette conceptualized and aggressively followed through all phases of the project to modernize the EDDOC.

Col. Jimmy Canlas, EDDOC chief, describes Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette’s ambition to modernize the EDDOC during a dedication ceremony Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

 

Friends and colleagues gather outside the EDDOC during a room dedication ceremony to honor Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

Friends and colleagues gather outside the EDDOC during a room dedication ceremony to honor Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

 

Rebecka Myers, EDDOC logistics management specialist, addresses the audience during a room dedication ceremony for Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette on Nov. 22. Barnette first was a sponsor for Myers when she arrived in Stuttgart and later became a close friend.

Rebecka Myers, EDDOC logistics management specialist, addresses the audience during a room dedication ceremony for Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Barnette first was a sponsor for Myers when she arrived in Stuttgart and later became a close friend.

 

Chief Petty Officer Williams Hawkins, of the EUCOM Directorate of Cyber and Information Technology, shares memories about  Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette, his long-time friend and former roommate, during a dedication ceremony Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

Chief Petty Officer Williams Hawkins, of the EUCOM Directorate of Cyber and Information Technology, shares memories about Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette, his long-time friend and former roommate, during a dedication ceremony Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

 

Brig. Gen. Blaine D. Holt, EUCOM director of logistics, cuts the cake in the EDDOC following a room dedication ceremony in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette. Holt is surrounded by Chief Petty Officers who donated the refreshments for the ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Blaine D. Holt, EUCOM director of logistics, cuts the cake in the EDDOC following a room dedication ceremony in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class William Barnette Nov. 22 on Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Holt is surrounded by Chief Petty Officers who donated the refreshments for the ceremony.