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Burgin, Robert
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    Full Name: Robert “Cowboy” Burgin
    Age/ Birthday: 34 / 15 November, 1982
   Nationality: American
    Rank, Title or Position: Lieutenant Commander USN
    Height: 6’1
   Build: Athletic
    Related Skills: Flight training; SERE; Qualified in all small arms; Paperwork; Some aircraft maintenance
   Unrelated Skills:
Certified lifeguard
   Credentials: Bachelor of Science
 Appearance: Robert is reasonably tall for a fighter pilot, coming in at six foot one. He has worn a moustache since 2011, and except for one occasion has always been the only person in the squadron to do so.
Like all the Burgin boys, Robert has brown hair, and green eyes. Had it not been for visible age differences, his parents frequently remarked that they would not have been able to distinguish the four of them.
Like many Naval Aviators, and specifically those flying fighters, Robert can be described as being a cocky sonofabitch. He also possesses just the right amount of craziness. In a way, you need to be to voluntarily trap aboard a carrier. He takes great pride in being part of the select group he is in, and will go to great lengths to let people know not to mess with him or his buddies.
He would do anything for most of the pilots in his squadron. He considers most of them to be family. And family is a large portion of his foundation.
Collecting and building model planes
Playing games
Doing ranch work
 Field/Work Experience:   
17/09/2000: Began at the US Naval Academy
20/06/2004: Graduated USNA; Commissioned as an Ensign
09/10/2005: Earned his wings; Assigned VFA-122
29/01/2006: Promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) (O-2)
21/09/2006: Reassigned to VFA-103
xx/xx/2008: Deployed aboard USS George Washington to the Pacific Ocean
xx/xx/2008: Awarded Navy E ribbon; Awarded Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
14/10/2008: Promoted to Lieutenant (O-3)
21/02/2009: Deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Persian Gulf to support OEF
19/05/2009: Awarded Air Medal with Combat V; Awarded Afghanistan Campaign Medal
31/07/2009: Reassigned to NAS Corpus Christi for instructor duties
15/01/2011: Reassigned to VFA-11
15/01/2011: Deployed aboard USS Enterprise to support EOF
06/14/2011: Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
23/05/2011: Ejected over Afghanistan
28/05/2011: Successfully engaged Taliban patrol; Rescued by Marines
30/06/2011: Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon; Awarded Purple Heart; Awarded Iraq Campaign Medal
11/02/2012: Cleared for flight duties
08/04/2013: Attended Strike Fighters Tactics Instructor course
25/11/2014: Awarded Bronze Star
27/08/2015: Promoted to Lieutenant Commander; Reassigned Executive Officer VFA-211
01/04/2017: Reassigned Executive Officer VFA-213
 Personal History:
Robert was born in a small town (relatively) close to Galveston, Texas. His family had owned a ranch for generations, going all the way back to when Texas was still part of Spanish Empire. His father often joked that he could ride a horse before he learned to walk.
He grew up learning the family business, but always looked to the sky when his father took out their plane. He dreamed of flying, and knew from an early age that he wanted to become a pilot. After all, as the youngest of six, he wasn’t that interested in taking over the family business, even though he did enjoy doing it.
School wasn’t really Robert’s forte. He preferred a practical, hands-on education over the one he did. He didn’t do well on a lot of tests initially, but would eventually learn that he actually had to study.
Shortly after turning fourteen, Robert‘s father let him take the stick of their plane for the first time. He had been flying along for a couple of years by now, but this was the first time he’d actually fly. 
He loved every second of it. He realised then and there that that was what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted to become a pilot.
In high school, after his realisation, Robert began getting better grades. In his free time, Robert played football. He also enjoyed horse riding. As soon as his favourite brother graduated, he joined the Army where he became a Blackhawk pilot. At first, he didn’t want him to leave, but after a while, he accepted it because it was his choice in the end.
After graduating High school, Robert was talked into joining the military like his brother had. It would be his best shot at becoming a pilot. Eventually he settled on the Navy. He wrote to his district’s representative seeking a nomination for admittance to the US Naval Academy, and was rejoiced to hear he received it.
He was accepted, and reported for training that same summer. The adjustment to military life was tough. While chatting with his brother had prepared him very slightly, it was still a big hit to take. Nonetheless, he adjusted.
Four years later, in 2004 he graduated from the Academy. He was selected for flight training.
After completing basic flight training half a year later, he then started Advanced flight training, and was selected for fighter aircraft training. He satisfactorily completed that as well, in June, 2005. In november that same year, Robert completed the Advanced Strike Training. After this, robert was assigned to VFA-122, the Pacific Fleet’s Fleet Replacement Squadron.
He spent approximate a year here. Then he was assigned to VFA-103 “Jolly Rogers”. He arrived just in time to enter in the first deployment of the F/A-18F --the plane he had been trained in. It was here that he received his current callsign. He made the mistake of letting someone see the hat his mother had sent him, thinking he’d need it. This, coupled with his Texas accent made it a done deal: from that moment onward he’d be known as “Cowboy”.
In 2008 he temporarily embark aboard USS George Washington which was replacing the Kitty Hawk.
Then in 2009 he embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for a 6 month deployment in the Persian gulf supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
After returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Robert was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi for a two and a half year rotation as a flight instructor. While Robert did not particularly like this assignment, he soldiered on because he knew what importance his job had. He was directly contributing in the training of new pilots, and if he did his job well, they might do theirs too.
He returned to the fleet in January 2011, having been reassigned from instructor duties early. He transferred into VFA-11 “Red Rippers”, and immediately went aboard USS Enterprise for another  deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
About a month before they were scheduled to return home, Robert had to eject over Afghanistan after suffering simultaneous failure of both engines, and being unable to restart.
On the fifth day, he encountered a small Taliban patrol. He managed to escape, but not before taking a bullet to his shoulder. This got the attention of a nearby Marine patrol which subsequently rescued him.
He spent the next five months at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth to recuperate. He made a full recovery, though, and was back in the flight seat by the end of February 2012.
In 2013, he received orders to report to NAS Fallon, Nevada. He was to participate in the year’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program. The nine week program was the toughest thing he’d ever done, but nine weeks later he was filled with pride when he completed it.
He returned to his Squadron, and took up duties as a Training Officer to teach the others what he’d been taught.
In 2015, Robert was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. He was reassigned to VFA-211 where he took up the post of Squadron Executive Officer.
In 2017, he was detached from his squadron for special duties.
Father: Luke Burgin
Mother: Claire Burgin
Brother: Jonathan Burgin
Brother: Michael Burgin
Brother: CW-3 Richard Burgin US Army
Sister: Danielle Burgin
Sister: Sally Burgin
Weapons Systems Officer: Lieutenant Jay “Pappy” Patrick
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Offline Thaddeus

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Re: Burgin, Robert
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 07:20:10 PM »