Sergeant Carlos Barrera was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted into the Army Reserve in 2007 as a rifleman in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
Sergeant Barrera completed his Initial Employment Training at Murray Bridge and was posted to the 8/7Battalion, the Royal Victorian Regiment. On the 23 October 2009, he transferred to the Australian Regular Army and posted to the Second Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.
As a Private soldier in Reconnaissance Platoon he was awarded a Soldier’s Medallion for assisting in training and implementing patrol signallers in the suite of Harris Radio systems.
In 2017, Sergeant Barrera posted to the School of Infantry as a Combat Shooting Instructor in Specialist Wing. Sergeant Barrera is currently posted to the Second Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment as the Signals Platoon Sergeant.
During his time in the Army, Corporal Barrera has served on operation at home during Operation VIC FIRE ASSIST in 2009 and abroad in Afghanistan in 2011and 2019. He was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp ICAT, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Infantry Combat Badge, Australian Defence Medal, NATO Article 51 medal with clasp ISAF, NATO Article 51 medal with clasp Afghanistan, Operational Service Medal and the United States Army Commendation Medal.
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