08Sep Rep. Barrett welcomes commanding officer to Capitol for 9/11 ceremony Categories: Barrett News Maj. Randall Knowles (right) joins state Rep. Tom Barrett (left) in the Capitol rotunda as his guest during the annual House of Representatives 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.State Rep. Tom Barrett today welcomed Maj. Randall Knowles of the Michigan Army National Guard to the House floor for the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Thursday.House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service that also honors first responders and military members who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan during the past year. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015.“Maj. Knowles has been my commander for several years,” said Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville. “I’m proud to bring one of my colleagues here and have the opportunity to highlight the work of our military and the important role they play in our security. Maj. Knowles knows the stakes that our nation faces in the continued War on Terror and the responsibility of leading troops in a combat environment. I’m pleased to have him with me here today and for the opportunity to show our respect and appreciation for our fallen heroes.”After graduating Army flight school in 2007, Maj. Knowles was assigned to the Security and Support Unit flying the OH-58 Kiowa. In 2009 he was deployed to Iraq as a MEDEVAC platoon leader flying the UH-60 Blackhawk. After later serving in Afghanistan in 2013, he returned home to serve as the flight operations officer of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Ledge.Rep. Barrett is a U.S. Army veteran, previously serving in Iraq. Today he serves as a helicopter pilot in the Michigan National Guard in addition to his role of state representative. He also holds the position of chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs.