CAPTAIN MICHAEL L. BURD
CAPT Burd graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In November 1995, he 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.
CAPT 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 with the HSL-46 Grandmasters where he was responsible for advanced tactical training and qualification of detachment aircrews. In 2003, CAPT Burd returned to HSL-42 for his Department Head tour, ultimately serving 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. In September 2005, he participated in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in New Orleans LA following Hurricane Katrina and was responsible for the airborne urban rescue of 83 storm victims. From February 2011 to May 2012, CAPT 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, CAPT 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), Operations Team THREE in the National Military Command Center. Following his command tour, CAPT Burd served as PERS-43 Deputy Director and Head Air Combat Placement Officer, Aviation Officer Distribution Division, Navy Personnel Command, in Millington, TN. In April 2014, CAPT Burd became the 21st Commanding Officer of HSM-40. In September 2015, he will report to Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic as Deputy Commander.
CAPT Burd has accumulated more than 3,700 mishap-free flight hours. 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.