Colonel Kyle Burress received his commission in the Marine Corps in 1995 via the Platoon Leaders Course. After earning his wings at NAS Whiting Field, he selected the UH-1N and reported to Camp Pendleton, CA for duty with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169), the “Vipers”. Completing two overseas deployments, Capt Burress graduated from the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in the fall of 2002, and completed his third deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Returning to the US in September of the same year, he completed his tour at HMLA-169 and relocated to Okinawa, Japan to serve as the Air Officer for 3D Marine Logistics Group and a subsequent tour with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) Futenma. While there, he participated in numerous Humanitarian Assistance missions, including one to Sri Lanka for tsunami relief as part of Joint Task Force 536.
Leaving the Active Component and joining the Reserves in 2008, Maj Burress was selected to attend the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College, Newport, RI in 2010. After successfully graduating, Lieutenant Colonel Burress returned to 4th MAW where he commanded HMLA-773 (the “Red Dogs”) from 2012 to 2014.
Lieutenant Colonel Burress was then selected to attend the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. from 2015-2016 where he earned a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy.
Upon completion of the Eisenhower School, Colonel Burress returned to 4th MAW, joining the Aviation Command and Control Team. In October of 2018, he completed a six-month deployment as the Marine Liaison Officer for MARCENT to the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Colonel Burress has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Colonel Burress’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, two individual action Air Medals (one with Combat ‘V’), Strike/Flight Air Medal with numeral ‘9’, one Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with Combat ‘V’), three Humanitarian Service Medals, and two Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medals.