Rick Burr

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Richard Maxwell Burr
Maj. Gen. Rick Burr, USARPAC.jpg
Major General Rick Burr c.2013
Born (1964-06-02) 2 June 1964 (age 50)
Renmark, South Australia
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1982 – present
Rank Major General
Commands held Deputy Commanding General – Operations (2013–)
1st Division (2011–12)
Military Strategic Commitments (2009–10)
Special Air Service Regiment (2003–04)
Battles/wars Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Member of the Order of Australia
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Legion of Merit (United States)
Bronze Star (United States)

Major General Richard Maxwell "Rick" Burr DSCAMMVO (born 2 June 1964) is a senior officer in the Australian Army, currently serving as the Deputy Commanding General – Operations, United States Army Pacific.

Early life[edit]

Burr was born in Renmark, South Australia, on 2 June 1964 to Maxwell Henry Burr and Lorelie Ann Morrell. Educated at Renmark High School, Burr entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon as an officer cadet in 1982.[1]

Army career[edit]

Burr graduated from Duntroon in 1985 with a University of New South Wales accredited Bachelor of Arts, and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.[1][2] His first posting came as a platoon commander in the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

In 2002, Burr commanded Australian troops in Afghanistan, and Australian troops during Operation Falconer in 2003. In 2008, Burr commanded special forces operations in Afghanistan.[3]

On 21 August 2012, United States Army Secretary John M. McHugh announced that Burr would be seconded to the United States Army, to become Deputy Commander, United States Army Pacific (USARPAC).[4] Burr will supervise training and USARPAC liaison with countries in Southeast Asia and Australasia. He will report to Lieutenant General Frank Wiercinski.

He has spent the majority of his military career with Australian special forces units.[5] He is also the patron of the Defence Australian Rules Football Association.

On 31 October 2012 he stood down as the Commander 1st Division and assumed the post as Deputy Commanding General – Operations of the United States Army Pacific on 17 January 2013.[6]

Honours and awards[edit]

DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png

Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png

DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Bronze Star ribbon.svg NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg

DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) [7]
Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Awarded 13 June 2011[8]
Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) Awarded 1 April 2000[9][10]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Defence Force Service Medal with 3 clasps 30–34 years service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star (United States) [11]
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for ISAF
Meritorious Unit Citation with Federation Star


  1. ^ a b "Major General Richard Maxwell (Rick) Burr". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Commander 1st Division: Major General Richard M. Burr". Army Leaders. Australian Army. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Audrey MacAvoy (1 February 2013). "Australian general gets key post at USARPAC". Army Times. Associated Pres. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Associated Press/Washington Post, 2012, "Two-star Australian general to oversee American soldiers at US Army Pacific" (21 August) Access: 21 August 2012.
  5. ^ Inaugural Joint Warfare Conference – Inaugural Joint Warfare Conference 2011
  6. ^ Australian Army Website, 2013, "US Army Pacific welcomes MAJGEN Burr" (17 January) Access: 29 January 2013.
  7. ^ Riverland Weekly – Distinguished Service Cross
  8. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia
  9. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Royal Victorian Order
  10. ^ "London Gazette". The Gazette. 5 May 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Perry, Brad (5 November 2009). "Decorated soldier believes there is no place like home". Riverland Weekly. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Deputy Commanding General – Operations
2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Major General Michael Slater
Commander 1st Division
Succeeded by
Major General Stuart Smith