J. Katharine Burton

Captain, United States Navy

Captain J. K. Burton, a native of Oklahoma City, OK, graduated from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in May 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature.

She began her naval career in 1976, following commissioning as an Ensign from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Unit at OU. Her first assignment was as a student at the Ocean Systems School at Naval Air Station, Key West, FL. From there, she was stationed as an Oceanographics Watch Officer at the San Nicolas Island Naval Facility. In April 1978, Lieutenant (junior grade) Burton was assigned as the Director, Counseling and Assistance Center (CAAC), at the Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT. In August 1980, she reported to the Military Entrance Processing Station, Jacksonville, FL, as Chief of the Test Management Section, and later, as Adjutant.

Following that tour, Lieutenant Burton, reported in November 1983 to the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Atlantic Command in Norfolk, VA, as the Administrative Assistant to the IG. After promotion to Lieutenant Commander, she served as the Director, Naval Family Service Center (NFSC), Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA. In June 1988, she reported to the Resources Monitoring Branch, Joint Data Systems Support Center (JDSSC), Defense Communications Agency (now DISA), as the Staff Automated Data Processing Plans Officer. She was then assigned to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS), Keflavik, Iceland as Executive Officer from November 1990 to June 1992. During her next tour, she served as Executive Officer, Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes, IL, from June 1992 until June 1995.

Commander Burton served as the Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS), Roosevelt Roads, PR, from July 1995 until July 1997. She is currently assigned as the Staff Director, Defense-Wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP), in the Information Assurance Directorate of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (OASD/C3I).

Captain Burton is a 1998 graduate of the National War College where she received a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy with a certificate from the Information Strategies Concentration Program. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington University and is a 1986 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.

Captain Burton's military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.