Lt Gen christopher f. burne

Board Member since:  2014
Committees:  Audit
   
   
   

 

 

Lt. Gen. Christopher F. Burne is The Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In that capacity, General Burne serves as the Legal Adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force. He directs all judge advocates in the performance of their duties and is responsible for the professional oversight of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 500 civilians in the Total Force Judge Advocate General's Corps worldwide. General Burne oversees military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command.

General Burne is a native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania.  He received a direct commission in 1983.  Following the lead of his father, a decorated World War II Eighth Air Force B-24 bombardier, General Burne’s first assignment was to an Eighth Air Force bomber base in Plattsburgh, New York.  Since then, he has served in a variety of legal adviser and leadership positions at every level of command, to include seven tours as a staff judge advocate and director of the Secretary of the Air Force’s Executive Issues Team.  In 1991, he deployed to the United Arab Emirates during Operation Desert Storm as the staff judge advocate for an aerial refueling wing.  For his service in three major commands, including a combat theater of operations, General Burne was named the 1991 Air Force Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year.  In 1995, General Burne again deployed to Southwest Asia, this time to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to serve as the Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia Staff Judge Advocate.  Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he served as the senior judge advocate on the Air Force Crisis Action Team directing mobilization and response operations from the Pentagon. General Burne is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

Prior to becoming The Judge Advocate General, General Burne served as the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

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