Veteran - BG David Burford
Dave Burford, Southern Nuclear's manager of fleet security and emergency preparedness, has been promoted to two-star major general in the United States Army National Guard.
Burford was formally pinned in Tampa on March 2 by his new commanding officer, four-star Gen. Doug Brown. Fellow Southern Nuclear employees in attendance were Burford's wife, Susan Verrastro; friends Rick and Charlotte Graham; and Southern Nuclear Executive Vice President Jeff Gasser; Engineering Vice President David Jones and Buzz Miller, senior vice president for nuclear development.
"Dave has pledged his patriotic service to our country, and we congratulate him on this great achievement. It's an honor for Dave and an honor for our company to support him in this work," said Southern Nuclear CEO Barnie Beasley, who attended a second promotion ceremony in Washington D.C.
Burford is assigned as Deputy Commander for mobilization and reserve affairs of the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. In addition, he serves on the Secretary of the Army's Reserve Forces policy committee that directly advises the Army Secretary and Chief of Staff about policies affecting Army reserve members. Previously, Burford served as the assistant to the director, Army National Guard, where he oversaw deployment issues, served as the director's liaison to the Army staff, and represented Army National Guard budget issues before Congress and on Capitol Hill.
In 2001, Burford was mobilized as the deputy commanding general of the Army's special forces command, second in command of 9,000 Green Beret soldiers from seven active duty special forces groups and two National Guard special forces groups. While mobilized, he was deployed to several combat areas. Burford also served as the acting commanding general of the U.S. Army special forces command (Airborne) in 1999.
Within his diverse roles throughout the company, Burford has balanced his civilian assignments with military duties. "I have to offer profound thanks to my supervisors and coworkers within Southern Company over my 30 years here," he said. "They have allowed me the opportunity to serve my country whenever it calls, with the assurance that I will be welcomed back to the job I had and that my family will be taken care of in my absence."