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Soon after graduating from Colgate University, Doug joined the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer, graduated first in his commissioning class as Regimental Commander, and obtained his Naval Flight Officer Wings in Pensacola Florida also as the top graduate. He was later selected for Pilot training, receiving his Navy Wings of Gold as the top graduate in the entire United States for that year.

Commander Burgoyne served 16 years of Active Duty with the US Navy, 3 years as a drilling reservist with the Navy and 8 years on Active Duty with the US Air Force.  He was an F-14 Pilot in the Navy and a T-37 and C-12 pilot in the USAF.  During his three years as a reservist he piloted a Boeing 737 with United Airlines (now retired as well from UAL).  He holds the ranks of Commander, USN and Lt Colonel, USAF, with 27 years of total service, retiring in 2010.

During his 27 years of service, he deployed and served overseas several times in both peace and war.  Deployments were on the USS America, USS Kennedy and USS Roosevelt to the Mediterranean Sea, Norwegian Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Persian Gulf, and in Central America with the USAF.

Commander Burgoyne was an Air Wing Strike Leader, Post Maintenance Check Pilot, NATO Forward Air Controller (Airborne), Night Vision Instructor Pilot, Tactics Instructor and Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot.  He served as a Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Safety Officer, Executive Officer, Administrative Officer, Legal Officer, and in many other capacities.  He led hundreds of personnel in very stressful situations and he managed budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

In May of 1995, Doug ejected from an F-14 after the failure of a hydraulic control in his primary flight controls while attempting to reach Sicily with his stricken aircraft.  Both Doug and his Radar Intercept Officer were recovered at sea via helicopter and thankfully sustained no serious injuries.

In September of 1995, Commander Burgoyne was deployed to the Adriatic Sea for combat operations over Bosnia/Herzegovina, where he became the first F-14 pilot in history to drop live conventional munitions in combat.  He served in Iraq between the first and second gulf wars, enforcing a no-fly zone over southern Iraq and has led dozens of aircraft in complex night attacks against defended targets.

Following the 9/11 attacks on the WTC, Doug volunteered to return to Active Duty with the USAF where he became a Lt Colonel and served as T-37 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander.  He then became an International Affairs Officer (Latin American Specialist) working with International Flying training and with the US Military Group, Tegucigalpa, Honduras on a diplomatic assignment as military Liaison to Honduras, also serving as the Ambassador’s pilot and working with high level ministers in the Honduran government.

Doug is a graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) as well as many other rigorous training programs.


MILITARY Duties, Achievements and Honors:

Regimental Commander, Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola Florida

Top Scope, number one graduate in Naval Flight Officer training.

Orville Wright Achievement Award as the top pilot graduate in the USA

Naval Fighter Weapons School Graduate (TOPGUN)

First F-14 pilot in history to drop live conventional munitions in combat.

Diplomat, US Embassy, Honduras

International Affairs Officer

Latin American Regional Affairs Specialist

Air Wing Strike Leader

Post Maintenance Check Pilot

NATO Forward Air Controller (Airborne)

Night Vision Instructor Pilot

Tactics Instructor

Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot.

Maintenance Officer

Operations Officer

Chief of Plans and Programs

Chief of International Flying Training

Chief of Strategic Planning

Safety Officer

Executive Officer

Administrative Officer

Legal Officer

Instructor Pilot

Flight Commander


5,400 total flight hours in the F-14A/B, B-737, T-37B, T-A4J, T-2B/C, T-34C and C-12 aircraft.


81 combat hours and 692 Carrier Arrested Landings, half of them at night…! 




Jan 1984 - May 1984   Aviation Officer Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, FL

Jun 1984 - May 1985   Basic and Intermediate NFO Training, VT-10, NAS Pensacola, FL

May 1985 - Dec 1985  Advanced Radar Intercept Officer Training, VT-86, NAS Pensacola, FL

Jan 1986 - Jul 1986     F-14 Radar Intercept Officer Training, VF-101

Jul 1986 - Nov 1989    Training Officer/Radar Intercept Officer, VF-33, USS America

Nov 1989 - Oct 1991   Undergraduate Pilot Training, Training Air Wing 2, Kingsville, TX

Oct 1991 - Sep 1992    F-14 Pilot Training, VF-101, NAS Oceana, VA

Sep 1992 - Nov 1997   Operations Officer, VF-41, USS Kennedy/USS Roosevelt

Nov 1997 - Jan 1999   Air Show Coordinator, NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA

Feb 1999 - Oct 2001    2nd Fleet Joint Forces Air Combat Command, USS Mount Whitney

Jul 2002 - Oct 2004     T-37 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 41st FTS, Columbus, MS

Oct 2004 - May 2007  Chief Plans and Programs/Flying Training, AFSAT, Randolph AFB, TX

May 2007 - Jul, 2009   Chief, Air Force Section, US Military Group, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Aug 2009 - Nov 2010  Test Director, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Eglin AFB, FL




Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award)

Air Medal (Gold Star 2nd award)

Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star 2nd award and combat V for valor)

Navy Achievement Medal (Gold Star 2nd award)

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Navy Unit Commendation

National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star 2nd award)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bronze Star 2nd award)

Southwest Asia Service Medal (Bronze Star 2nd award)

Global War on Terror Service Medal

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 Bronze stars 3rd award)

Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Long (Oak leaf cluster 2nd award)

Air Force Longevity Service (Oak leaf cluster 2nd award)

Air Force Training Ribbon

NATO medal

Expert Pistol medal


Burgoyne for Allendale Council
96 Crescent Place, Allendale, NJ  07401
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