LtCol Burnett enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Waukegan, Illinois in September 1992. Upon completion of Basic Recruit Training and Airman Apprenticeship School, LtCol Burnett received orders to USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) where he served as an Aviation Boatswains Mate (Fuels). He reported to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, Naval Education Training Center Newport, Rhode Island in July 1994 as a Midshipman Candidate. In July 1995, LtCol Burnett reported to the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in English and a commission as Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps in May 1999.
Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, LtCol Burnett reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, Florida in June 2000 for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 2002. Subsequently, LtCol Burnett reported to HMM(T)-164, Camp Pendleton, CA for training in the CH-46E. He reported to MAG-26, MCAS New River, North Carolina in October 2002 and was assigned to HMM-266. While assigned to the “Fighting Griffins” LtCol Burnett deployed with the 22d MEU (SOC) from February through September 2004, where he participated in Operation Mountain Storm, OEF, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In September 2005 LtCol Burnett attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-06, then re-joined HMM-266 in Al Asad, Iraq during OIF 04-06.2. While assigned to HMM-266 LtCol Burnett served as Command Historian, Reports Officer, Operations Schedule Writer, Logistics Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Future Operations Officer.
In May 2006, LtCol Burnett reported to HMM-261, where he deployed with the 22d MEU as the Landing Force 6th Fleet and Landing Force 5th Fleet, participating once again in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. While serving with the “Raging Bulls,” LtCol Burnett served as Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Tactics Officer.
In May 2008, LtCol Burnett reported to MAWTS-1 in Yuma, Arizona for duty as a CH-46E Staff Instructor. While at MAWTS-1, LtCol Burnett served as the CH-46E Division Head, CASEVAC Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Medium Lift design representative for Exercise Enhanced Mojave Viper (EMV). In June 2011, LtCol Burnett received orders to the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. While there, he completed Marine Corps Command and Staff College, graduating with distinction and earning a Masters of Military Studies degree.
In July 2012, LtCol Burnett transferred to MAG-39 in Camp Pendleton, California and reported to HMMT-164 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor. While in the squadron, he served as the Executive Officer, Operations Officer, and MAWTS-1 CH-46E Advanced Certification Instructor.
In November 2013, LtCol Burnett reported to VMMT-204 in MCAS New River, NC for MV-22B transition training. After successfully completing transition training he reported to MAG-36 at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa. In April 2014, LtCol Burnett was assigned to “The Flying Tigers” of VMM-262(REIN), where he served as Plans Officer, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. In July 2016 LtCol Burnett transferred to MAG-36 for duty as MAG Operations Officer.
LtCol Burnett’s military education includes, The Basic School, Naval Flight Training, CH-46E Flight Training, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Aviation Safety Commander’s Course, MV-22B Flight Training, and Naval Senior Officer’s Legal Course. His personal decorations include the Air Medal with Six Strike/Flight Awards, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.