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Capt. Richard G. Burgess

Commanding Officer, USS Lewis B Puller (ESB 3), Gold Crew

10 May 2021

Studio portrait of Capt. Richard G. Burgess
Capt. Richard G. Burgess
Studio portrait of Capt. Richard G. Burgess
Capt. Richard G. Burgess
Studio portrait of Capt. Richard G. Burgess
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 210510-N-OW182-0004
 
CAPT Rick Burgess, a native of Bellevue, WA., graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1998.

Operational assignments include tours with Fighter Squadron (VF) 31, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63); and VFA-103, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Shore assignments include service as Action Officer in the House Liaison Office, Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA); TOPGUN Instructor; Foreign Material Exploitation team lead with Joint Emerging Threat Tiger Team (JETTT); Strike Fighter Placement Officer (PERS-433B) with Navy Personnel Command (NPC); and Global Missile Defense Requirements Branch Chief with Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), the Joint Staff (J8).

He completed the Air Command and Staff College Non-Resident Program, earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College, and has a graduate certificate in Nuclear Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School. 

He commanded VFA-103, the Jolly Rogers, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from July 2013 to November 2014 and most recently served as Executive Officer of USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) from June 2019 to December 2020. 

Burgess has flown more than 3,500 hours in the F-14, F-15, F-16, and F/A-18. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various individual and unit campaign awards.


 
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