Commander Mark Burns
UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander Mark Burns hails from Turnersville, New Jersey, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997.
Winged a Naval Aviator in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 25th 1999, Commander Burns then completed P-3C flight training in Patrol Squadron THIRTY in Jacksonville, Florida. His first operational tour was with the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron FOUR in Kaneohe, Hawaii. He served as 1st Lieutenant, Assistant Training Plans Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. He completed a deployment in support of SEVENTH Fleet in the Western Pacific and, immediately following the attacks of 9/11, he deployed to the FIFTH Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During his tenure Patrol Squadron FOUR was twice awarded the Battle "E".
In April of 2003, Commander Burns joined Patrol Squadron THIRTY as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He served as the Aviation Electrician’s Mate Branch Officer, P-8 Fleet Introduction Team Pilot, and Pilot Training Officer.
Commander Burns then qualified as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (Shooter) onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), Norfolk, Virginia, in April 2006 and completed a “Partnership of the Americas” deployment to the USSOUTHCOM AOR.
He was selected for Department Head and moved to Brunswick, Maine to join the ranks of the Red Lancers of Patrol Squadron TEN. He served as the Homeport Change Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Safety/NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. He deployed to the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet AORs, serving as Officer in Charge of P-3C Detachment, Djibouti, Africa, in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. Following deployment Commander Burns and the Red Lancers completed a homeport change to Jacksonville, Florida. During his tenure, Patrol Squadron TEN was awarded the Donald M. Neal “Golden Wrench” Award for Maintenance Excellence and the Battle "E". Commander Burns was also awarded the CPRW-11 2010 Navy and Marine Association Peer Selected Leadership Award.
In November 2010, Commander Burns moved to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and became Chief of the Director's Action Group for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5).
He has a BS in Systems Engineering and an MA in National Security Studies.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and various Campaign, Service, and Unit awards.