USS Sentry
"Sentinel of the Sea"
LCDR Cameron Burnette
Executive Officer

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, Lieutenant Commander Cameron Jackson Burnette graduated from the University of South Carolina 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

He joined the Navy in 1997 as an enlisted sailor and went to Naval Nuclear Power School before he reported to the Fleet and served aboard the USS San Juan (SSN 751) and the USS Jimmy Carter (PCU 23) making it to Machinist Mate First Class before being selected for the Seaman to Admiral program and going to school at USC.

As an officer afloat, Lieutenant Commander Burnette completed his division officer tours aboard the destroyer USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) as the Communications Officer and then at Riverine Squadron One Detachment TWO as the AOIC. Upon completion of Department Head School he was stationed in Spain on the FDNF-E BMD ship USS ROSS (DDG 71) as the Weapons Officer and fleeted up to become the Combat Systems Officer. He also served as the Senior Watch Officer aboard ROSS. During his sea tours he made six deployments and an IA. His first was aboard USS ROOSEVELT and it was to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Commander Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two supporting Operation Active Endeavor, and then with RIVRON he went to Haditha, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His first deployment on ROSS was ROSS’ maiden BMD patrol in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. He also completed three more BMD patrols as the CSO, also in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Ashore, Lieutenant Commander Burnette served as an action officer for Task Force Energy in OPNAV N43 before being selected to become and Admirals aide for OPNAV N43. LCDR Burnette then served an IA in Baghdad, Iraq working for USF-I J5 in the Strategy Division supporting Operation New Dawn. Upon returning to OPNAV he then was selected to be the aide for VADM Cullom OPNAV N4. While working for VADM Cullom, LCDR Burnette earned a Masters of Business Administration in Aerospace and Defense from the University of Tennessee.

Lieutenant Commander Burnette’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 3 Gold Stars), Good Conduct Medal (with one Bronze Star) as well as multiple unit and service awards.

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