Rear Admiral Burroughs is a 1981 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1982. Additionally, Burroughs received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.
Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Nathan Hale (SSBN 623), USS Honolulu (SSN 718), and USS Finback (SSN 670), deploying to the Western Pacific and Mediterranean, as well as conducting four strategic deterrent patrols. Ashore he served at the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, N.Y., CINCLANTFLT Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board in Norfolk, Va., and on the staff of the assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller in Washington, D.C.
Burroughs assumed command of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) in December 1999 where he served until June 2002. In command, he deployed to the South Atlantic and conducted a major shipyard maintenance period.
Burroughs’ acquisition assignments include assistant program manager for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (PMS 403), program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and major program manager for the SOF Undersea Mobility Program, (PMS 399). He served as chief engineer for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR 5.0) from August 2008 until March 2010.
Burroughs has received various personal and campaign awards including the Legion of Merit (two awards) and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards).