Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet


NOPF Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor, WA

Commander Robert "Shane" Burns

Executive Officer

CDR Robert BurnsCommander Robert "Shane" Burns is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resources and was commissioned through the Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in Columbus, Ohio on 11 December 1998. He reported to Pensacola, Florida in January 1999 for aviation flight training and earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings on 30 June 2000. In September 2000, Commander Burns arrived at Sea Control Squadron FORTY-ONE (VS-41) "Shamrocks" at NAS North Island, California for initial training in the S-3B Viking.

In February 2001, he reported to Sea Control Squadron TWENTY-NINE (VS-29) "Dragonfires" at NAS North Island. He completed two deployments to the North Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In February 2004, Commander Burns was assigned to VS-41 as a Fleet Replacement NFO Instructor, training replacement pilots and navigators in all facets of S-3B operations and tactics.

Due to the Sundown of the S-3B Viking Community, Commander Burns reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December of 2006 for transition training in the EP-3E Aries. In July 2007, he reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) "World Watchers" based at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and deployed to the CENTCOM and PACOM Areas of Responsibilities in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

In September 2009, Commander Burns reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2) "Rangers" at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for his Department Head tour. He served as Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Maintenance Officer and deployed to the SOUTHCOM and AFRICOM AOR's in support of Operations INCA GOLD, ENDURING FREEDOM, and UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

Commander Burns reported to NORAD and USNORTHCOM in July 2012 and was assigned to the Strategic Concepts Division Integrated Air and Missile Defense Branch. He also served as the Executive Assistant for the J5 Policy, Plans and Strategy Director.

Commander Burns checked onboard Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island in January 2015 and is currently assigned as the Executive Officer.

Commander Burns' personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star, as well as, various other campaign, service and unit awards.

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