Rear Admiral Barbara Sweredoski is a native of Pavilion, New York. She is a 1985 graduate of the University of Rochester, receiving her commission through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program. She has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification, has completed the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I program and is a graduate of Reserve Component programs at National Defense University and Naval War College.
Sweredoski’s first assignment was to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) at the Pentagon as an action officer in the Navy Space Systems Division, Plans and Policy Branch where she helped develop the first Navy Space Policy, monitored the Space Systems Subspecialty Program and was a liaison to the Navy and Marine Corps Astronauts.
Following her OPNAV tour, she was assigned a department head tour at the U.S. Naval Observatory, home of the vice president of the United States. As the director, Administration/Security, she was responsible for the physical security of the base working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Secret Service providing protection to the vice president.
After completing her tour of duty at the U.S. Naval Observatory in 1991, Sweredoski resigned from active duty and immediately affiliated with the Navy Reserve (NR). Her first Reserve assignment was as the exercise coordinator and administrative officer for NR Personnel Mobilization Team 906 out of Washington, D.C.
Her other Navy Reserve tours include: NR Military Sealift Command Det. 105, Southwest Asia; NR Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, Det. 205; Mobilization liaison officer for Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Pittsburgh; NR Navy Command Center Det. 106 and NR Naval Inspector General Det. 106 in Washington, D.C. Command tours include commanding officer, Personnel Mobilization Team C, Gulfport, Mississippi, and commanding officer NR CNO Management Analysis Unit directly reporting to Director Navy Staff (DNS).
Sweredoski recently served as the executive officer of NR NATO Allied Command Transformation Detachment Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. She proudly served with Navy Command Center 106 shipmates who were awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for actions during, and after, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. She served a three-year assignment on the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board, and as a member of the Human Resources Executive Board.
Her awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 award), Navy Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards). In addition, she was the recipient of the 2003 Naval Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic Peer Leadership Award.