Photos courtesy of the Markel S. Burn
Chief Warrant Officer Markel S. Burn retires
Thursday, November 4.
After devoting 35 years to the Utah National Guard, Chief
Warrant Officer Markel S. Burn retires Thursday, November
4. Warrant officers generally function as technical
experts in their field which Burn did patently as a
personnel technician yet he will be remembered far and
wide for cultivating the potential of people.
Throughout his long career, Burn deftly navigated the
ever-changing maze of regulations guiding personnel
management but was never handcuffed by them. Instead, Burn
doggedly pursued numerous methods some quite innovative
to insure Soldiers got what they deserved whether it was a
promotion, transfer, lost pay, or new career path. During
the infancy of the Armys information age, Burn was one of
the original beacons.
I owe him my ENTIRE career. Period, Sgt. Maj. Ross Low
said of Burn. The two men served together in various
assignments over the past two decades. He gave my start.
He trained me. He mentored me for over 22 years. Many
others have been a great help, but nobodys been more
Sgt. First Class Pete West couldnt agree more. I learned
an awful from him just by dropping by his office that
is...when he wasnt helping out someone else. Hed always
pull out some dusty regulation that no one else had. West
observed that without exception, Burn read his e-mails from
West at 1800. He liked to work the late shift, he added.
Burn influenced the careers of so many, in part, because of
his thorough knowledge of personnel regulations. Its like
hes got a photographic memory, marveled 1st
Sgt. Pete Stalliviere of the 97th Troop Command.
He also noted, Hes straight as an arrow. His ethics are
above reproach. Hed never lie, steal or cheat and he
detested people who tried.
Burns military record reflects not only reflects his
professionalism but also his dedicated service. He earned
many honors among which included the Meritorious Service
Medal (four times), Humanitarian Service Medal, and
Deteur Digniori Medal. His assignments spanned military
police, field artillery and logistics units but mostly Burn
served with the 97th Troop Command.
A lifelong Salt Lake City resident, Burn hails from a
particularly patriotic family. Two brothers, Chief Warrant
Officer Mike Burn and Master Sgt. Bill Burn (ret.), served
along side him over the past four decades. His nephew, Sgt.
Wade Burn, currently carries on the family tradition.
Never known to take himself too seriously, Burn leaves his
fellow Utah Guardsmen and women with a memorable parting
thought, Its been an honor and a privilege to serve with
every one of you. Hopefully to some degree your association
with me has benefited your lives and not been too painful.
Good luck to us all.
And good luck to you, Chief Burn.
Brig. Gen. Stanley Gordon summed up the feelings of many
Utah Soldiers in regards to Burn,Super Soldier. Dedicated
and loyal. He took proper care of everyone. He will be