The Adjutant General

The Adjutant General

Brigadier General William R. Burks

Brigadier General William R. Burks is the Adjutant General for the State of Nevada.  As Adjutant General, he is the senior uniformed Nevada National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than 4,000 Nevada Army and Air National Guard personnel.  Appointed by the Governor, State of Nevada, General Burks serves as the Governor’s principal adviser on all National Guard issues, is responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Nevada National Guard, and serves as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, and Department of the Air Force.

 Prior to his current position, General Burks was the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Nevada Air National Guard, and also served as Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Staff Headquarters, Nevada National Guard.  During this timeframe, he also acted as a Special Assistant to the Headquarters Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review Office.  While on a Statutory Title 10 Tour, he was the Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review, which was responsible for examining the national security strategy and identifying force structures to support its requirements. Previous to this position, General Burks held similar positions within the Headquarter Air Force, Strategic Planning Directorate and Defense Review/Integration Directorate where he was responsible for developing and writing the 2007 Air Force Strategic Plan and establishing the Chief of Staff Air Force’s Heritage to Horizons effort.

General Burks began his military career with the Nevada Air National Guard when he was selected to attend navigator training for the 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Reno and received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1978. He earned his navigator wings at Mather Air Force Base, California and weapons system officer rating at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, in 1978. He served in various assignments with Nevada’s 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing.  During the summer of 1989 and again in 1990, General Burks was an instructor with the Spanish Air Force located at Torrejon AB, Madrid, Spain.  In addition in 1993, he also served as an Air National Guard Augmentee with Headquarters, United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) Military Exercises Branch.  General Burks is a Master Navigator with more than 2,000 flying hours and is a veteran of Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM with 29 combat sorties.

 

Education

1976  Bachelor of Arts (Accounting), University of Nevada

1996  Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL, in residence

1997  Squadron Officer School, correspondence

1999  Air War College, correspondence

2000  Master of Science in National Security Strategy, National Defense University’s National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, District of Columbia

2008  Joint Task Force Commander Course, USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, CO

2009  Army Force Manage Course, Fort Belvoir, Alexandria, VA

2009  National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 

Awards

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with “V” Device and 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Organizational Excellence (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Readiness Medal Award (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star)
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass and “M” Device)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Idaho Governor’s Outstanding Unit Citation
Michigan Legion of Merit Medal
Nevada Distinguished Service Medal
Nevada State Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Leaf Cluster)
Nevada Humanitarian Service Ribbon
Nevada Governor’s Outstanding Unit Award (with 4 Bronze Leaf Clusters)
Nevada Air National Guard Oversea’s Deployment Ribbon (with numeral 14)
Nevada Meritorious Service Ribbon (with 5 Bronze Leaf Clusters)
Nevada Guard Service Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Leaf Clusters)

Assignments

1. February 1978 - October 1978, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, California
2. October 1978 - June 1989, Weapons Systems Officer, RF-4C, 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nevada
3. June 1989 - November 1990, Assistant Plans Officer, 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nevada
4. November 1990 - July 1991, Weapons Systems Officer, RF-4C, Sheikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain
5. July 1991 - March 1994, Deputy Chief Standards/Evaluations, 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nevada
6. March 1994 - August 1995, Chief Standards/Evaluations, 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Nevada Air National Guard, Reno, Nevada
7. August 1995 - June 1996, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
8. June 1996 - January 1997, Special Assistant to Director of Operations and Programs, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia
9. January 1997 - June 1997, Chief Combat Plans Section, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia
10. June 1997 - June 1998, Chief Forces Planning Branch for Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia
11. June 1998 - August 1999, Special Assistant to National Defense Review, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs , Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
12. August 1999 - June 2000, Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, District of Columbia
13. June 2000 - May 2001, Chief Total Force Division, Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
14. May 2001 - February 2003, Chief Operations, Outreach and Total Force Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
15. February 2003 - January 2004, Assistant Deputy Director, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
16. January 2004 - April 2005, Director of Support Services, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
17. April 2005 - October 2006, Assistant Deputy Director, Air Force Strategic Planning - Quadrennial Defense Review, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
18. October 2006 - April 2007, Director of Staff, Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia
19. April 2007 – June 2009, Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada Air National Guard, Carson City, Nevada
20. March 2009 – June 2009, Special Assistant to Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia 

Other

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Master Navigator
Flight Hours: More than 2000 hours, including 29 combat missions
Aircraft Flown: RF-4C

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant 16 February 1978
First Lieutenant 16 February 1981
Captain 16 February 1985
Major 16 February 1992
Lieutenant Colonel 13 July 1996
Colonel 4 October 2000
Brigadier General 16 April 2007

(Current as of June 2009)