A 1994 graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Cmdr. Seth Burton reported in 1996 for his first at-sea duty aboard USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) in San Diego, Calif. He participated in a variety of special, traditional, and battle group operations.
In 1999, he reported to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, Tenn. as the National Program Manager for Submarine and Nuclear Field Recruiting. He led a historic trunaround in recruiting for the submarine and nuclear fleet.
Burton relieved aboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (Gold) in 2002 as the Engineer Officer. Aboard Kentucky he conducted an interfleet transfer and five strategic deterrent patrols. In Feb. 2005, he was assigned to Freiburg, Germany to study as an Olmsted Scholar in International Relations at the Albert Ludwig's University of Freiburg.
Following completion of studies in Freiburg, Burton reported to the USS Newport News (SSN 750) as Executive Officer in 2007. He conducted a highly successful deployment in 2009 and saw his crew awarded the 2009 Submarine Squadron Eight Battle Efficiency "E". He then transferred to the position of Executive Officer of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team at Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA.
Burton's personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards).