Don "Archie" Barrett with Diego Regalado
at this year's state history fair in Austin.
Regalado's project focuses on 1953 Navasota High School graduate Don "Archie" Barrett, whose work was instrumental in passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 which made sweeping changes to the structure of the United States Military. The act was designed to facilitate more inter-service cooperation among the nation's military branches. Regalado's project tells the story of Barrett's highly decorated military career and how his work through the House Armed Services Committee represents the 2013 National History Day theme, "Turning Points in History."