General Hale Burr received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Arkansas.
During his distinguished 31-year career in the United States Air Force, he served two combat tours in Vietnam War having flown over 500 combat missions and 1,100 combat flying hours.
General Burr has commanded a tactical fighter squadron, a tactical fighter training wing, a tactical fighter wing and a numbered air force and served as the deputy commander for a joint task force in the Persian Gulf. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the F-4, F-15 and F-16 fighter aircrafts.
General Burr’s final assignment before his retirement in 1997 was as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
General Burr’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
As a cadet, General Burr served as Deputy Corps Commander, Senior Class President and was a member of the Ross Volunteers. A Distinguished AFROTC Graduate, General Burr received the Chicago Tribune Award for Outstanding ROTC Cadet and the AFROTC Summer Camp Vice Commandant Award.