Romney Honors Major General Jeff Burton

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today honored Major General Jeff Burton, Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, who will be retiring this week following a career dedicated to public service.
Romney’s remarks on the Senate floor can be found below.
“Mr. President, I wish to congratulate Major General Jeff Burton, a man of remarkable achievement and character on a career dedicated to public service. After seven years serving as the Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, Major General Burton is passing the torch of leadership. He leaves behind a distinguished legacy.
“Mr. President, the Utah National Guard provides military forces ready to assist both state and federal authorities in times of emergency and in times of war. It is comprised of 7,300 soldiers and airmen from the Utah Army National Guard and the Utah Air National Guard. As Adjutant General, Major General Burton oversaw the training and military preparation of soldiers and airmen throughout the state.
“He is a principled and dedicated leader who has set a high standard of conduct for the men and women under his command. Major General Burton and his wife, Charn, have always cared for and supported Guard members and their families, particularly in the tragic times of loss. Their devotion to the servicemen and servicewomen of Utah cannot be overstated.
“Major General Burton’s life of service extends beyond his time as Adjutant General. He was an assistant professor at both Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, where he has taught military science. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his exceptionally meritorious service as the commander of the 1457th Engineer Combat Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his unit played a significant role in the initial ground war. Under his leadership, his unit also helped to rebuild the country devastated by conflict.
“Our great state of Utah owes Major General Burton a debt of gratitude for his decades of service. We wish the honorable general all the best in his next chapter. Thank you, Major General Burton, for your service to our state and to our nation.”