Chief of Staff

CAPT David E. Burke

David E. Burke
Captain, U.S. Navy

Chief of Staff

Captain Burke is the Chief of Staff at the Joint Interagency Task Force South. A native of upstate New York, he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator in 1998. Hehas qualified in the SH-60F, HH-60H, and MH-60S and is a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI). He holds Master’s Degrees in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is fully Joint Qualified.

Early in his career, he deployed with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TWO (HS-2) onboard USS Constellation (CV-64), and subsequently instructed at Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific. In 2003, he deployed to the Joint Search and Rescue Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. In 2005, he reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SIX (HS-6) as a Department Head and deployed onboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

During 2008, Captain Burke transferred to the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5). As an Action Officer, he was integral to planning that established US Cyber Command. He also served as Executive Assistant to the Trans-Regional Policy Director, whose portfolio included developing military and national strategies related to Cyber, Space, Counterterrorism and Strategic Communication.

Captain Burke joined Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SIX (HSC-6) as Executive Officer in 2011 and commanded the squadron from 2013-2014, completing an extended deployment onboard USS Nimitz. Upon War College completion in 2015, he became the Ops and Plans Director at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) Mine Warfare Division. His responsibilities included serving as Battle Staff Director for the Navy’s only globally deployable Mine Warfare Task Force.

Prior to joining JIATF-S, Captain Burke was the Chief of Staff at Carrier Strike Group TWELVE (CSG-12) where he deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (CVN-72) for its 2019-20 around the world deployment, and subsequently embarked on the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) to prepare the shipfor operational employment.

Captain Burke has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours, of which more than 3,100 are in SEAHAWK Helicopters. He is married to Sue (Ehlers) Burke who hails from Pensacola, FL.