Capt. Amy Burin installed as first female commanding officer of SPAWAR
Capt. Amy Burin will fit right in at her new home in the Lowcountry.
Burin was installed as the first female commanding officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic in a change-of-command ceremony Thursday morning. She is the third commanding officer of SSC Atlantic and takes over for Capt. Mark V. Glover, a Walterboro native, as he begins a new tour of command in San Diego.
“I wish I could thank all 13,000 of you, but that would take another tour of duty,” Glover said of SPAWAR.
Burin, 49, comes to SPAWAR after an assignment at the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance as deputy director of Navy Space.
Rear Adm. Patrick H. Brady, commander of SPAWAR, said there are “few events that compare to the transfer of authority.”
Brady applauded Glover’s accomplishments and presence as commanding officer of SSC Atlantic, including SPAWAR’s efforts to host STEM events for local students. Glover said the Lowcountry’s “unity of effort” with the military is “unparalleled” to other places he has been.
“Mark was focused on people and developing the workforce,” Brady said of Glover, who presented flowers to his wife Thursday for her support.
Burin said she plans on following in her predecessor’s footsteps by playing an active role in the community.
Burin said she most looks forward to the new job, but also the opportunities to experience the wildlife in the Lowcountry.
Burin is an active member of Phoenix Landing, a growing East Coast domestic bird rescue organization. She said she still plans on continuing her involvement with the organization while working in the new position.
“I’m a big wildlife fan. The wetlands are in my backyard. Just driving to work will be a pleasure,” Burin said.
She said she plans to visit Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner Friday with her family and looks forward to visiting other local attractions.
Burin was born in Detroit, and began her military career in May 1984 as an enlisted member in the hospital corps, U.S. Naval Reserve, while attending the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. She was commissioned an ensign in the Navy in September 1988.
Her resume includes work in undersea surveillance systems, subspecialties in intelligence and antisubmarine warfare, and she has a master’s degree in astronautical engineering. Burin has twice been selected as a naval astronaut candidate to the National Aeronautics & Space Administration Astronaut Candidate Program.