The O2X Tactical Performance Podcast: Episode 15 – Hunter Barnhill

Hunter Barnhill | U.S. Air Force B-52 Bomber Pilot (ret.) + Brain Cancer Survivor

Hunter is an O2X Resilience Specialist and a former U.S. Air Force Bomber Pilot.

He’s logged over 700 hours in the B-52H Stratofortress and over 600 hours in the T-6A Texan II.

As a B-52H pilot, Hunter led his crew in accomplishing a variety of missions including nuclear deterrence, close air support, air-to-ground, direct attack, and counter-drug.

In 2015, he volunteered to be an Instructor Pilot and was tasked with producing the Air Force’s next generation of highly skilled and capable pilots. 

On Easter Sunday 2017, he suffered a seizure caused by a previously undetected brain tumor which required immediate surgery to remove. He was subsequently diagnosed with malignant brain cancer, thus cutting short his military aviation career.

The diagnosis led him to develop a deeper respect for resiliency and a new-found passion for teaching others how to implement the life-saving and life-enriching skills into their own lives.

The skills and techniques he once used to teach undergraduate pilots now enables him to teach and instruct thousands in developing and building their own resilience. 

Hunter is a husband, father, and patriot.


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