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COMMANDER MICHAEL L. BURD UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander Burd was born and raised in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He graduated in 1993 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. In November 1995, he completed advanced rotary flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator. A graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, he holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Commander Burd’s sea assignments include an initial operational tour with the HSL-42 Proud Warriors. While there, he completed deployments with the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) Battle Group aboard USS SPRUANCE (DD 963) and the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) Battle Group aboard USS PETERSON (DD 969), NATO flag ship for Operation ALLIED FORCE, the NATO military response to the 1999 Kosovo crisis. Next, he served as squadron Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) with the HSL-46 Grandmasters where he was responsible for advanced tactical training and qualification of detachment aircrews. In 2003, Commander Burd returned to HSL-42 for his Department Head tour where he ultimately served as Operations Officer. As Officer-in-Charge, he led a two-plane detachment in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69), “shotgun” escort for the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group, during a combat deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. From February 2011 to May 2012, Commander Burd served as Commanding Officer of HSL-46 and led his squadron through the HSM community’s first expeditionary-to-expeditionary transition to the MH-60R Seahawk.
Ashore, Commander Burd served with the HSL-40 Airwolves as an FRS Flight Instructor and was recognized as squadron Pilot of the Year in 2001 and 2002. Prior to command, he served in Washington, D.C. on the Joint Staff, Operations Directorate (J-3), as Global Strike Advisor, Assistant Deputy Director for Operations, and Emergency Actions Officer for Operations Team THREE in the National Military Command Center. Following his command tour, Commander Burd served as PERS-43 Deputy Director and Head Air Combat Placement Officer, Aviation Officer Distribution Division, Navy Personnel Command, in Millington, TN. Commander Burd has served as HSM-40’s Commanding Officer since April 2014.
Commander Burd has accumulated more than 3,500 mishap-free flight hours, including over 1,000 small deck landings. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (single action and strike/flight awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.