William Barko — Medical Program Director

Bill Barko

Colonel (Retired) William F. Barko retired in late 2001 from the U.S. Army after over 29 years of active military service. He served for almost five years as Director, Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, U.S. Army War College, the Department of Defense’s leading research center for health and fitness of senior leaders. He resides in Carlisle, PA. He has been married for over 33 years to the former Laura Wolf and has three children, Julie (29), Tim (27), and Connie (23).

From December 2001-June 2003, he served as President, ROME Foundation International, a Christian, non-profit organization, developing healthcare programs and facilities in Haiti and other undeveloped countries. As President of ROME International, he was the Chief Operating Officer responsible for program initiatives, fund raising, and the implementation of the organization’s long-term strategic plan.

Since June 2003, he has serve as Director of Medical Programs for Olive Branch International. He has personally directed major health initiatives in Ukraine and Sri Lanka. This includes a program for the prevention of heart disease and breast cancer in Ukraine and major initiatives, post-tsunami with the Sri Lankan government and Ministry of Defense related to mental health issues associated with the over 25-year war with Tamil Tigers. In cooperation with U.S. Department of Defense, he organized major training programs associated with rehabilitation of Sri Lankan military wounded in action. He has also worked healthcare initiatives in Russia and Sudan.

He is a 1970 graduate of Xavier University and in 1972 graduated from Loyola University with a Masters in Social Work. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Post-Graduate Fellowship in Community Mental Health. He is a licensed, certified social worker. His major assignments include the 1st and 2nd Infantry Divisions, U.S. Army Organizational Effectiveness Center and School, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters, U. S. Army Medical Command, and the Army War College. During his career he was awarded the “A” skill identifier by the Surgeon General, for the highest level of medical-related expertise in a specialty field in the Army Medical Department. He is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

During his years of service, COL Barko was know for his expertise in healthcare program management, combat stress doctrine, crisis intervention, organizational development processes and techniques, community mental health, and executive health and fitness and global health issues. He is author or co-author of 25 major journal articles, and two edited books. He served as senior editor of the Journal of Behavioral Science for thirteen years. He is a member of the Academy of Management, North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Officers Christian Fellowship and Gideons International. He is co-founder of Young Champions, a national non-profit organization involved in designing world-class fitness programs for developmentally and physically handicapped youth.

He presently serves as Executive Director of Operations for the Army War College Foundation.

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