Lieutenant General, USA
Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. was commissioned in Military Intelligence through the Auburn University ROTC Program in 1974. He earned a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California in 1980, and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1986.
His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officers Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Advanced Military Studies Program and the Air War College.
Lieutenant General Burgess served as an Armor Platoon Leader and S-2 of the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor, and the 179th Military Intelligence Detachment Executive Officer in the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1974 to 1978. He was a Strategic Intelligence Staff Officer and aide-de-camp to the US Commander, Berlin, from 1978 to 1981. From 1982 to 1985, he served as an Assistant S-3, Company Commander, and S-3 of the 124th Military Intelligence Battalion, 24th Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He then served as Deputy G-2 and Executive Officer, 106th Military Intelligence Battalion, 6th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Richardson, Alaska from 1987 to 1990.
In 1990, he served as an Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Washington, D.C. From June 1991 to June 1993, he commanded the 125th Military Intelligence Battalion then served as G-2, 25th Infantry Division (Light) until June 1994 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. From July 1995 to June 1997, he commanded the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade in Panama. Thereafter, he served as J-2, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from July 1997 to June 1999, J2 US Southern Command from July 1999 until May 2003 and Director for Intelligence (J2) Joint Staff from June 2003 to July 2005. Lieutenant General Burgess assumed duty as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes in August 2005.
His personal awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Four Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal for Yugoslavia, Army General Staff Identification Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge and Parachutist Badge.
Lieutenant General Burgess and his wife, Marta, have five children: Lee, Regina, Julia, Mary and John.