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Christopher F. Burne is a United States Air Force Lieutenant General and was Judge Advocate General of the Air Force from May 2014 until May 2018. He retired on July 1, 2018.[1]

Christopher F. Burne
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A native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Burne's father was a decorated bombardier in World War II.[2] Burne attended the University of Scranton and Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson Law.[3]


Burne joined the Air Force in 1983 and was assigned to the Eighth Air Force.[3] In 1987, he was assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command.[3] He served as Offutt Air Force Base from 1989 until 1990, when he was assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base.[3] There, he was Deputy Staff Judge Advocate with the Western Space and Missile Center and the Twentieth Air Force. He would later deploy to serve in the Gulf War.[3]

In 1993, Burne was stationed at Soesterberg Air Base in the Netherlands.[3] From there, he became Director, Operations Law, United States Central Command and Staff Judge Advocate of the 20th Fighter Wing.[3]

Following the September 11 attacks, he took part in organizing the Air Force's mobilization and response.[3]

In May 2014, he was confirmed by the Senate to be The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force.[4] Prior to this, he was assigned as the Staff Judge Advocate at Headquarters Air Combat Command.[4] Burne retired from the Judge Advocate General position on July 1, 2018.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Editor, Laura McFarland News. "Powhatan cadet earns top Civil Air Patrol award". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  2. ^ "Lieutenant General Christopher F. Burne". United States Air Force. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Air Force Brigadier General gets two step promotion to rank of three star general". Ground Report. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  4. ^ a b "A Military Man. A Family Man. A Scranton Man.: The Scranton Journal". Retrieved 2019-03-11.