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Alumnae Profiles: Lt. Col. Paulette Burton, C'90

Lieutenant Colonel Burton assumed her current duties as Staff Judge Advocate, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, on on July 13, 2013

Her prior assignments include:  Associate Judge with the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the first African-American woman to serve in this position; Chief, United States Army Judge Advocate Recruiting Office; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Aviation and Warfighting Center;  Senior Defense Counsel, National Capital Region;  Chief of Claims, 25th Infantry Division;  Chief of Legal Assistance, 25th Infantry Division;  Trial Defense Counsel, Yongsan, Korea; Trial Counsel, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Chief of Claims, Fort Belvoir, Virginia;  Legal Assistance Attorney, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Lieutenant Colonel Burton has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, The United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Supreme Court.  She is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education Common Core (2006 ), the Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course (LL.M. -  2004), the Combined Arms and Service Staff College (2000) and the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (1994).  Her civilian education includes South Carolina School of Law (1993) and Spelman College (BA-1990) where she was an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.

Her awards include:  Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal  (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and two Overseas Ribbons.  She is also authorized to wear the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Lieutenant Colonel Burton is married to Colonel Dave Burton, United States Marine Corps (Morehouse 1988).  They are the proud parents of Wesley (12 years old) and Donavon (9 years old).   Colonel Dave Burton is currently assigned as the Commander, Marine Corps Intelligence School, Damneck, VA.