Captain Steve Burich, USN (Ret.), of Hawkinsville, Georgia, is a 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Following a short assignment at the Naval Academy after graduation, Captain Burich reported in the fall of 1974 to Pensacola, Florida for initial flight training. He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in September 1975 and was subsequently assigned to Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) in Jacksonville, FL, following training at VP-30. Earning qualifications as Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator in the P-3C aircraft, he served in billets as ASW TACCO and Assistant Tactics Officer, deploying to Keflavik, Iceland, and Sigonella, Sicily.
He next reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, earning a Masters degree in Systems Technology. He was next assigned to the USS AMERICA (CV 66) as Naval Tactical Data Systems (NTDS) Officer and Assistant Air Warfare Officer, earning dual designations as Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway. In March 1984, he reported to Commander Patrol Wing Eleven as the Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Following his tour there, he reported to his department head assignment onboard Patrol Squadron Twenty-Four, serving as the Beartrap Special Projects Officer and later as the Operations Officer. He next reported to Naval Air Station Bermuda as the Director, Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center.
Captain Burich reported to Patrol Squadron Twenty-Four in May 1990 as the Executive Officer, and subsequently assumed command in May 1991 while the squadron was deployed to Keflavik, Iceland. Following command, he reported to the Air War College, Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. After completing his course of instruction, he received assignment to the newly established Naval Doctrine Command in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served in the Strategy and Concepts Directorate. In March 1997, he reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces Atlantic as the Training Officer.Captain Burich reported as Deputy, Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Forces Pacific in June 1999.
Captain Burich reported to Commander Undersea Surveillance and served as Deputy and Chief Staff Officer from June 2001 to June 2004. He retired in July 2004 and was subsequently selected to serve as the Executive Director, Commander Undersea Surveillance. Captain Burich's military personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) and the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards).*
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