Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
Branch of Service: Army National Guard
Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, ARCOM, Afghanistan Campaign With Two Campaign stars.
Theater: Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012
Asa Barrett grew up in a rural town outside Tulsa, OK hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather at the family ranch. Asa began to hunt whitetail deer at the age of twelve and honed his skills in the following years by learning from many other role models. Asa worked as a guide for a Hog Hunting outfitter on weekends, during high school. Asa became proficient in his Archery skills throughout his time as a guide. In those early years, his love for the outdoors and hunting became a passion and has carried on to his adulthood.
Asa started his military career at the age of 23. He joined the Army in 2009 and within two years he moved up to a team leader in a heavy weapons squad. Asa deployed to Afghanistan, RC East in 2011. He spent his deployment in the foot hills of the Hindu Kush mountains, operating in daily dismounted and mounted patrols. On July 22nd, as the gunner on the lead vehicle headed out for a ten-day battalion sized operation, his truck was struck by a 200lb IED. Asa received injuries to his back, neck, and severe concussion during the attack. Asa was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries during the combat operation. Asa pushed through his injuries and continued the duration of his deployment. He experienced many more close encounters during intense firefights and is thankful for the lifelong friendships forged by battle during his time in theater.
During his time in the National Guard, he worked as a leader in the low voltage communications industry. Asa has led many different large commercial grade projects within the industry.
Asa now works as a Project Manager on a high security database center and many other projects across the country. He is proud to be a Lead Associate within the WWIA Foundation. Asa looks forward to serving and making long-lasting friendships with other veterans and wounded Heroes.