Colonel Burton earned a BBA in Economics from Kennesaw State University in 1989, received a commission through the Officer Candidate Course in 1991 and designated a Naval Aviator on 4 March 1994.
After winging, Colonel Burton reported for AH-1W instruction and subsequent assignment to HMLA-167, MCAS New River, NC. From November 1994 through January 1999, Colonel Burton served in Maintenance, Director of Safety and Standardization and Operations billets and as an AH-1W Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Additionally, Colonel Burton deployed with HMM-264 (Rein), 26th MEU(SOC) and HMM-261 (REIN), 22nd MEU(SOC) and participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT, JOINT/DECISIVE ENDEAVOR, GUARDIAN RETRIEVAL and NOBLE OBELISK.
In February 1999, Colonel Burton filled the Marine Corps Pilot Exchange Program billet with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) as the Armament Platoon Leader, Flight Platoon Leader, Operations Officer and AH-6J Fully Mission Qualified Attack Helicopter Pilot.
Colonel Burton reported to Marine Aircraft Group 39 in Camp Pendleton, CA in August 2002 and deployed in January 2003 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) as the Future Operations Officer. In October 2003, Colonel Burton transferred to HMLA-367 where he filled the Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer billets, deployed in support of OIF II, and participated in Operation PHANTOM FURY.
In April 2005, Colonel Burton reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group, filling the Air Officer and Operations Officer billets.
In June of 2007, Colonel Burton transferred to HMLA-167, serving as the Executive Officer and deploying in support of OIF until ordered to the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center Johnstown, PA as the Site Commander in June of 2008.
In July of 2010, Colonel Burton reported to the Joint Advanced Warfighting School in Norfolk, VA as a student. Upon graduation, Colonel Burton received orders to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Deputy Division Chief and Land Domain Action Officer for the J-34, Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense. He served in that capacity until transferred to Okinawa, Japan and assuming duties as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5 for III Marine Expeditionary Force in August, 2013 and participating in Operations DAMAYAN and SAHAYOGI HAAT. In July of 2015, Colonel Burton received orders to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, filling the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 billet until assuming his present duties in June 2016.
Colonel Burton has Masters’ Degrees from the National Defense University and the Army War College.