Major General Burr hails from Renmark, South Australia. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1985 and has since enjoyed a diverse career serving his nation.
Prior to his current appointment as Deputy Chief of Army, he held unique responsibility as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific – the first foreign officer to hold such a position. His other senior command roles include Command of the 1st Division and Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, the Special Air Service Regiment, the International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces (ISAF SOF) in Afghanistan and Australian Special Forces Task Groups in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Major General Burr’s staff and representational appointments in Army, Defence and Government include Military Assistant to the Chief of Army, senior adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Director General of Preparedness and Plans (Army) and Director General of Military Strategic Commitments. He is also privileged to have served as Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Major General Burr’s training appointments include instructor at the Royal Military College Duntroon and Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre.
Major General Burr is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Military Studies. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Member of the Order of Australia and Member of the Royal Victorian Order. He has been recognized by the U.S. with the Legion of Merit (awarded twice) and Bronze Star Medal, and by the Japanese Self Defence Force.