The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville welcomed its newest deputy commander, Lt. Col. Burlin L. Emery July 20.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Emery has been visiting Huntsville Center’s numerous directorates and small offices since his arrival to better understand its diverse mission.
“So far, my impressions of the organizations are that this is a very educated and highly trained workforce,” Emery said. “It’s really impressive how many specialty missions this organization is involved with – it’s unlike any other organization you see out there.”
The Center is viewed as an asset to other districts and divisions as it is relied on as a center of expertise for a multitude of missions, Emery said.
“My focus will be to continue to enhance the reputation of the Center and support the commander’s vision,” he said. “It’s great to be Emery came to Huntsville Center from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, as the deputy to the deputy chief of staff, Engineer.
Emery enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1996. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following his graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in September 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.
His previous assignments include: intelligence officer and platoon leader, 2nd Engineer Battalion, Camp Castle, Korea; platoon leader, company executive officer and logistics officer for 84th Engineer Battalion, 45th Corps Support Group, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; assistant operations officer, civil engineer, company commander and plans officer, 864th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; chief of operations for 36th Engineer Brigade, operations officer and executive officer, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Eng. Bde., and deputy commander, 36th Eng. Bde., Fort Hood, Texas.
His deployments include: assistant S-3, 864th Eng. Bn., in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; company commander, 864th Eng. Bn., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; chief of operations, 36th Eng. Bde., Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Advisory Team Leader, 62nd Eng. Bn., Operation Enduring Freedom.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (two oak leaf clusters), the Army Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (five tours), and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal. He also earned the Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (two commendations) and the Airborne badge.