Army Maj. Anthony P. Barbina recently graduated from the Intermediate Level Education Course at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kan.
Approximately 1,000 students graduated from the 10-month course designed to develop warfighting and leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in full spectrum operations. The majority of graduates were Army officers, but also included officers from the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as 67 international officers and 14 individuals from other U.S. government agencies.
The Honorable Karl W. Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, was the guest speaker at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College's graduating class at the main parade.
At the graduation ceremony, Barbina was named the yearly winner of the General George C. Marshall Award in recognition of scholarship and leadership, and the General George S. Patton Jr. Master Technician Award, and a finalist for the Maj. Gen. James M. Wright Master Technician Award.
The Master Technician Award was developed in 1983 to create an academically and professionally challenging forum for students who demonstrate special aptitude in tactics. The program is open to any Intermediate Level Education student who receives an "A" in their tactics course and a "B" or above in other courses. As top performer, Barbina was recognized as the Distinguished Master Technician.
He has been accepted to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, which educates officers at the graduate level in military art and science. Upon graduating from the school, he will serve for a year as a school-coded officer working at division or corps staff. Afterward, his goal is to be an operations or executive officer of an engineering battalion.
Barbina is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom deployed to Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom deployed to Iraq. The major has served in the military for 11 years.
He is the son of James R. and Lu Anne Barbina of Belmont Bethesda Road, Bethesda, Ohio.
His wife, Summer, is the daughter of Paul S. and Nancy M. Wagner of Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough, Maine. The major and his wife have an infant daughter named Vivian, born during the time they were assigned together while the major attended the Army Command and General Staff College to complete Intermediate Level Education Course.
Barbina graduated in 1995 from Union Local High School, Belmont, Ohio, and received a bachelor's degree in 1999 from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.