"For me, when I had that opportunity to go to Afghanistan in 2004, it was not something that I ran from," he said. "I looked at this as my duty, this is my place to be. I've always enjoyed wearing my uniform and what it represents."
His uniform was another portion of his promotion ceremony for which he was able to make his own decision. Barcomb explained he could choose what uniform to be promoted in, deciding on the Army Combat Uniform.
"I chose that to wear because of what it represents - the soldiers on the battlefield and what they're fighting for - our freedom," he said.
Fighting for freedom was another reason Barcomb has chosen to stay in the Army for the last 24 years.
"I think for me it's the camaraderie. Working with the soldiers. Working on missions, whatever it was," he said. "But also the patriotism, knowing I'm serving my country and fighting for the freedoms that we have."
During the ceremony, Barcomb also chose to have his cousin and Legion member, Joseph Proulx, to be the narrator and post commander Robert St. John to preside over the ceremony.
"It was great to have a soldier from the North Country do the promotion and do it there," said Barcomb.
Beginning April 1, Barcomb will serve as the G-7 (training) for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command at Fort Belvoir, Va.