CDR Robert Burns, Jr. CHC, USN
US Naval Academy Deputy Command Chaplain
Chaplan Robert Burns, Jr.
Chaplain Robert N. Burns Jr. graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1987 with a degree in Physical Science. His first duty assignment was to Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola Florida, where he earned a designation of Naval Aviator and was winged in June 1989. His first sea duty was to the USS Midway CV-42 out of Yokosuka, Japan, where he served with HS-12, completing two deployments to the Arabian Gulf, including operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. From March 1993 to December 1995 he served with the Royal Navy as an Instructor Pilot, in 810 Naval Air Squadron, Helston, Cornwall, UK. Returning to the States, he was assigned to HS-1, Jacksonville, Florida as an instructor pilot until August 1997 when he left active duty and joined the Naval Reserves. After affiliating with HS-75, he served as a selective reservist while concurrently working on a Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Upon completion of his degree in May 2001, Robert returned to active duty and became the Executive officer of Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Orlando, a position he held until April 2003 when he accepted a commission as a Navy Chaplain. From August 2003 to March 2005, he served as Assistant Chaplain at Naval Air Station Oceana, and then reported aboard USS NORMANDY (CG60) where he was the Command Chaplain until February 2007. Chaplain Burns was then assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune North Carolina, where he served until 2009 and deployed with the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, to Ramadi Iraq. From September 2009 until October 2012, Chaplain Burns was the Command Chaplain at NAS Fallon, Nevada. From October 2012 until July 2015 he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, M&RA-MF, in Quantico Virginia. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary with a focus in Preaching in 2013.