A former Army lieutenant (initially referred to as a former captain by Colonel Cox), Barbara became a drifter after mustering from the Army. Trapped within feet of the edge of the Dome, witnessing a woodchuck cut in half by the event, Dale was attempting to flee the town after a confrontation with Junior Rennie and his friends. Dale soon becomes the US government's choice to run Chester's Mill. This causes more tension between Dale, Big Jim, and Junior causing the two to frame Dale for the murders they commit. One of the 26 survivors of the Dome.