2019 Lt. Gen. William E. Potts Award Honoree
While at OMA, Barry Grabel was awarded the Outstanding Cadet ID Disc, was Assistant Band Commander, Doogie and Pep Band Commander, top 10% military, Honor Committee, Saber Society, and was a Cadet 1LT.
After OMA, he graduated Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in May 1966 and received his commission as a 2LT on May 27, 1966.
After attending Armor Officer Basic Course at Ft. Knox, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Recon Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany where his assignments included Cavalry Platoon Leader, Squadron Adjutant, Troop Commander and Squadron S-3.
Upon returning to the States, he completed the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Army Reserve Recruiting School as well as the Command and General Staff College. He has held numerous Command positions including Assistant Commandant 4th Army NCO Academy; Commander 215th Supply Company, Battalion Commander 1st Bn, 89th Regt, 402 Bde; Battalion Commander 2nd Bn, 379th Regt. 1st Bde, 95th Division. In his civilian position, he was a Recruiting Specialist, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion.
In May 1990, he was promoted to a full Colonel and assigned to the Tulsa Area Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as Director of Military Operation and retired from the military in May 1996 after a 30-year career.
A car and racing enthusiast, Barry has collected and built classic cars for more than 50 years. In 2002, he was the General Manager of the Tulsa Speedway and has owned and promoted the Oil Capital Racing series from 2004-2018.