Colonel Voris W. McBurnette was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his military career in 1988 as an enlisted Soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve as a communications systems installer/operator (11K). He has served in his present assignment at National Defense University as the Director of the Center for Applied Strategic Learning (CASL) since March 2018. His responsibilities include management of all matters concerning Wargaming exercises for National Defense University under the leadership of Academic Affairs.
COL McBurnette’s significant Command and staff assignments include: Deputy Executive Director, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Ft. McNair DC, Executive Officer, 3rd BDE, 98th DIV, 3/98th DIV, 108th TC, Salem, VA, Battalion Commander, 2nd BN, 0317th Regiment, 3/98th DIV, 108th TC, Lynchburg, VA, Executive Officer/Senior Advisor, West, OPM-FSF, Riyadh/Jeddah, KSA, Executive Officer/ Deputy Director, TF Vanguard / Historian 108th TNG CMD, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chief, Force Structure Division, 108th TNG CMD, Charlotte, North Carolina, HSC Advisor/Asst. Ops Officer, MTT 0330, IAG, 4th BCT, 1st CAV, Fort Hood, Texas, Logistics Officer, HHC 1-323rd IN Durham, North Carolina, Commander, Delta Co. 1-323rd IN Durham, North Carolina, Mortar Platoon Leader, HQ 1-315th IN (M), 157th SIB (M) Philadelphia, PA and Infantry Platoon Leader, Bravo Co.1-315th IN (M) Philadelphia, PA.
COL McBurnette’s military education is culminated with his becoming a Senior Service College (SSC) graduate from the U.S. Army War College as a resident student in 2015, receiving a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. He also attended the Command and General Staff College where he completed his Intermediate Level Education (ILE) in 2009. He also holds several certificates for other military courses he has completed over his career (see full bio). He holds several academic degrees. A Bachelor of Arts in History from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC, where he was also commissioned as a U.S. Army Infantry officer in 1991. A Master of Education in Educational Administration and a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1994). He has also earned a Master of Arts in History (2001) and a Doctor of Education (2012), in Educational Administration and Supervision both from North Carolina State University.
COL McBurnette, is also a trained Professional Educator. He holds Licenses as a Middle Grades Social Studies Educator, Principal (K-12), and a Superintendent of schools. He is also the Co-Author and Chief Editor of the command history, 108th Training Command: A History of Embracing Innovation and Shaping the Future from 1946-2010 (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2010).
His military awards and honors include: The Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion), from the National Infantry Association, The Combat Order of the Spur 3rd Squadron / 4th Cavalry Fort Hood (Iraq), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass and “M” Device), Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab and a Parachutist Badge.
Colonel McBurnette is married to the former Ms. Nikki Rogers from Raleigh, North Carolina and they have one child: Voris Jr.