September 2016 - Present
CDR Brandon Burkett
Commanding Officer

Commander Burkett, a native of Evansdale, Iowa attended Iowa State University on an NROTC scholarship earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999.

Afloat, Commander Burkett completed two division officer tours as Strike Warfare Officer and Navigator from November 1999 to October 2002 in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58). As a Department Head, he served as Weapons Officer in USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) from September 2006 to September 2007. He was then selected for Individual Augmentation as Operations Officer for CTG 515.1 onboard USNS FRED W STOCKHAM (TAK 3017) participating in the war on terrorism in the Philippines from October 2007 to April 2008. Upon his return to USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) he served as Combat Systems Officer and SRA coordinator completing the first ever Cruiser Modernization from April 2008 to July 2009. Most recently he was the Executive Officer of USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) from May 2015 to August 2016.

Ashore, Commander Burkett earned a Masters of Engineering at the University of Nebraska while serving as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science from October 2002 to December 2005. Following his Department Head tours he served as Deputy Executive Assistant to Commander, US THIRD Fleet from August 2009 to January 2012. He most recently served in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Joint Force Command Naples Headquarters in Naples, Italy as an Exercise Planner for the NATO Response Force.

Commander Burkett’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal amongst other service and campaign awards.

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