MAJ Robert M. Burnham

Published July 14, 2020

MAJ Robert Burnham graduated from The Citadel Military College and was commissioned into the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to joining the Wilmington District, MAJ Burnham served as the Executive Officer for the 555 Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

In 2006, MAJ Burnham began his Army career serving as a sapper platoon leader and Executive Officer for the 562nd Engineer Company, 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He then attended Military Transition Team (MiTT) training at Fort Riley, Kansas, and deployed to Afghanistan as a Combat Advisor attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon completion of the Engineer Captain’s Career Course, MAJ Burnham was assigned to the 11th Engineer Battalion in Fort Benning, Georgia, and commanded the 362nd Multi Role Bridge Company (MRBC).

After company command, he served in several staff roles: Chief of Master Planning Branch for the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), US Army Garrison - Yongsan, South Korea. Operations Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Area Support Group - Kuwait and G35 Future Operations Planner, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. 


MAJ Burnham earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri Science & Technology. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

MAJ Burnham’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO-ISAF Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Gold Badge.

MAJ Burnham is married to the former Raquel Rodriguez from Tacoma, Washington, and they have one daughter, Madelyn.