John M. Burns, Deputy to the Garrison Commander

On June 7, 2020, John M. Burns was appointed as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander (senior civilian advisor to the Garrison Commander).

Previous civilian service assignments were Acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander USAG Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Deputy to the Garrison Commander for Housing USAG Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) USAG Fort Belvoir; Director DPTMS USAG Bavaria, Germany; Supervisor Plans and Operations / Deputy Director DPTMS USAG Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Deputy Chief of Operations DPTMS USAG Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Supervisor Plans and Operations USAG Garmisch, Germany; Plans Specialist USAG Grafenwoehr, Germany; and Program Manager (Base Operations) USAG Grafenwoehr, Germany with duty at Rose Barracks (Special Assignment).

Prior to civilian service, Burns served 29 years (active and reserve) as an enlisted Soldier with assignments in Europe, Pacific and the United States. His military assignments include: Command Sergeants Major, 100th ASG/USAG Grafenwoehr, Installation Management Agency/Command Grafenwoehr, Germany; Command Sergeants Major, 84th Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Brigade Operations Sergeants Major, 3rd Chemical Bridge, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Activity Sergeants Major, Johnston Island; and First Sergeant, Bravo Company 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Burns earned a Bachelor of Science from Drury University Springfield, Missouri. He received the Departmental Recognition Award for Scholarly Achievement presented by the Science Faculty of the Mid-Missouri Region and distinguished Graduate of the Technical Escort Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Chemical Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Air Assault Course, and the Drill Sergeant Course. He is also a graduate of the Garrison Command Sergeants Major Course Army Management Staff College and the Cost Management Course.

Burns received numerous achievement awards, including the Superior Civilian Service Award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.