Staff Sergeant THOMAS M. BARLEY


Staff Sergeant Thomas Barley is a public affairs specialist for the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration team, based out of the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The mission of the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration team is to showcase the unique aerial capabilities of the Air Force’s most advanced 5th generation multi-role stealth fighter, the F-35A Lightning II, as well as highlight the history of the Air Force’s service through heritage formation flights. SSgt Barley is responsible for communicating the F-35A mission to an international audience and supporting the Air Force’s strategic communication message of the newest multi-role fighter jet in its inventory.

Sergeant Barley entered the United States Air Force Nov. 3, 2015 after graduating from high school. He has background and experience in videography, photography, media relations and community relations.


2013 Heritage High School, Menifee, CA.

2016 Broadcast Communication Specialist Course, Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

2020 Airman Leadership School, Hill AFB, Utah

2020 Intermediate Photojournalism Course, Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Md.



1.  January 2016 – July 2016, Student, 336th Training Squadron, Fort George G. Meade, Md. 

2.  July 2016 – July 2018, Broadcast Journalist Apprentice, 18th Fighter Wing, Kadena AB, Japan

3.  August 2018 – February 2021, Public Affairs Journeyman, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

4.  March 2022 – Present, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Public Affairs, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah



Air Force Commendation Medal

Air and Space Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award

USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

Air and Space Overseas Ribbon – Long Tour

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal