Air Commodore Barrow was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1988 as a navigator, initially flying operationally on the Tornado F3. Barrow’s career has subsequently seen him command Number 5 Sqn, supporting Op HERRICK and leading the ISTAR deployment for Op ELLAMY, and then commanding 904 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) at Kandahar Airfield.
Upon returning from Afghanistan, the then Group Captain Barrow was appointed Deputy Head Complex Weapons before assuming command of RAF Waddington in November 2013. Here, he was responsible for seven ISTAR flying squadrons and over 3000 personnel. In recognition of his leadership in this period, he was promoted within the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to the rank of Commander (CBE).
In June 2016, he became Head Air Staff in MOD and was chosen to be the 1* lead for the exceptionally successful RAF100. Air Commodore Barrow is currently the Senior Responsible Owner for Air ISR and C2 capability programmes.