Adam Barber grew up in southeastern Ohio. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University, where he was an Army ROTC cadet and worked as an engineer and research assistant at the Institute for Sustainability and the Environment. After college, he commissioned as an aviation officer and completed flight school, becoming an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot. Between 2014 and 2021, Adam served as an attack and reconnaissance platoon leader, flight company executive officer, assistant operations officer, and completed 28 months as a flight company commander. He deployed in 2015-2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. In addition to his aviation service, Adam broadened professionally with Army engineers while attending the Engineer Captain’s Career Course, subsequently earning a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology and completing the Sapper Leader Course. After 9 years of active service, Adam will enroll in the Leaders for Global Operations program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn an MBA and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He and his wife Brittany are proud parents of two boys, John and Sam.