LSU Army ROTC Passes Command to Lt. Col. Lawrence M. Burns
BATON ROUGE – Lt. Col. Lawrence M. Burns assumed duties as LSU's professor of military science in July, coming to the university after serving as an Advanced Operations Course instructor at the Command and General Staff College and a signal observer/trainer for Operations Group Sierra as part of the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Burns enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard in August 1987 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army on May 20, 1993, through the Tulane University Army ROTC program. Burns received is bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Burns’s military education includes Single Channel Radio Operator’s Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College.
Burns has served in a wide variety of challenging command and staff positions. He initially served as a single channel radio operator as an enlisted soldier and non-commissioned officer. After commissioning, his positions have included serving as a platoon leader and operations officer for 501st Signal Company at Camp Humphries, Korea; battalion signal officer for 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, and 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; commander of C Company, 125th Signal Battalion at Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii; Battalion S3 and executive officer for 1st Battalion, 309th Regiment at Fort Dix, N.J.; Brigade S3 for the 507th Corps Support Group at Fort Bragg; and future operations plans officer for the Counterinsurgency Center, Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd Award), Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge and the RANGER tab.
Burns is married to the former Evelyn Moffat and they have three sons, Michael, Ryne and Jacob.
For additional information on the LSU ROTC program, contact Linda Warmsley, assistant director of recruiting and enrollment in Department of Military Science, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-3567 or 225-578-2371.