J. Scott Burhoe

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J. Scott Burhoe
J. Scott Burhoe (O-8).jpg
Birth name John Scott Burhoe
Born September 1954 (age 60)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1977-2011
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Unit United States Coast Guard Academy

Legion of Merit,
Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (3),
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3)

Flag of Rear Admiral, USCG

Rear Admiral John Scott Burhoe )[1] assumed the duties of the 39th Superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut on January 5, 2007.[dead link] His previous position was Assistant Commandant for Governmental and Public Affairs at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He earned his commission after graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1977. He is the first non-Academy graduate to lead the school in at least one hundred years.[2]

His first assignment out of OCS was to lead the USCG Ceremonial Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. In his 30 years of public service, he has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments including Executive Officer and Alternate Captain of the Port, Coast Guard Station New London, Connecticut, Commanding Officer, Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Group Commander, Group Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

Burhoe’s staff assignments have been focused primarily in the human resource specialty at Training Center Cape May, the USCG Academy with the Leadership Development Center, Training Center Yorktown, Virginia, Coast Guard Headquarters, and as the Chief of the Officer Personnel Management Division at the Coast Guard Personnel Command.

He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech) with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from The American University in Washington, D.C.

He and his wife Betsy have two grown children, Aaron and Amy.

On June 3, 2011, Rear Admiral retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 34 years service.

RADM Burhoe became the 10th President of Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, Virginia at age 56, and currently resides in Careby Hall, an 1895 Victorian which was the home of Dr. Hatcher, the school's founder.

Awards and honors[edit]

Legion of Merit
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with two gold award stars
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with two gold award stars and "O" device
Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with "hurricane symbol"
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
Gold star
Coast Guard Unit Commendation with 4 award stars and "O" device
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with 4 award stars and "O" device
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Team Commendation with 4 award gold stars and "O" device
Bicentennial Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
Humanitarian Service Medal
Bronze star
Special Operations Service Ribbon with 1 bronze star service star
Rifle Marksmanship Medal
USCG S.jpg Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with silver sharpshooter device


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ "NavyTimes article". Navytimes.com. 2010-07-04. [dead link]

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