Robert “Pete” Burton
United States Navy
Command Master Chief Burton, a native of Pittsburg, Missouri, was born in 1965. After graduating from Hermitage High School in 1983, he joined the Navy in May 1986. After basic training in Orlando, he completed Cryptographic Technician Communications "A" school in Pensacola. In the years that followed, he graduated from Instructor school in San Diego, Senior Enlisted Academy class 109 (Gold group) and CMC/COB class 21. He received a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College in 1996.
His first assignment was to a Pre-commissioning Unit for USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51). On the ship's maiden deployment in 1989, he earned designation as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Additional temporary sea duty assignments included USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10), while stationed in Guam, and the USS MOBILE BAY (CG-53), USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), and USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3), all while station in Yokosuka as a member of the Afloat Training Group.
Shore duty assignments include Naval Computer Telecommunications Station Diego Garcia 1990-1991 and 1999-2000; Naval Computer Telecommunications Master Station Western Pacific Guam 1992-1993; Naval Security Group Activity, Yokosuka 1994-1995; Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station, Pensacola 1996-1999; Naval Security Group Activity, Naples 2001-2002; Special United States Liaison Advisor, Korea 2003, and Naval Security Group Detachment, Seoul from 2004-2005.
His first assignment as a Command Master Chief was the World Famous Golden Dragons of VFA-192, forward deployed to Carrier Air Wing FIVE in Atsugi, Japan from January 2006 to October 2008. There he earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification and completed three deployments including the last ride of the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and then cross decked to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in August of 2008. He then served as CMC of Naval Base Guam from October 2008 to July 2010. Cutting shore duty short, he returned to sea as CMC of Carrier Air Wing FIVE from July 2010 to August 2012. Staying in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, he then assumed duties as CMC of U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in October of 2012.
A proud father of two, his sons joined the military in defense of the Nation. The oldest is a Veteran of the U.S. Army. The youngest is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Master Chief Burton is a Navy Master Training Specialist. Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).