A native of Springfield, Ore., Rear Adm. (ret) Robert Burt enlisted in the Navy in May of 1970 and completed boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla. in July. His enlisted service included three years as a Communications Technician and three and a half years aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as a Data Processor.
After his honorable discharge in March of 1977, Burt completed his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Eugene Bible College. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Ore. in May, 1981. While serving on Active Duty as an ordained minister of the Open Bible Churches, Burt was endorsed by the National Association of Evangelicals for military chaplaincy.
Burt’s sea tours include the USS Arkansas (CGN 41) and USS Kansas City (AOR 3), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Regimental Chaplain with 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Burt completed six deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the North Persian Gulf.
Ashore, Burt served on staffs at Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital, Puerto Rico; Naval Training Station, San Diego, Calif.; Recruiting Area Eight, Oakland, Calif.; Submarine Base Bangor, Silverdale, Wash.; Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.; Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn. as the Chaplain Corps Senior Assignment/Placement officer; and Fleet Chaplain for Commander, Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon selection to flag, Burt served as the Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains/Chaplain of the Marine Corps from September 2003 to June 2006.
On June 23, 2006 Burt began his final assignment as the 24th Chief of Navy Chaplains.
Burt’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and various service and campaign awards.