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Russell Adam Burnham
Born September 6, 1979 (1979-09-06) (age 30)
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Staff Sgt Russell Adam Burnham,
U.S. Army Medical Corps NCO of the Year (2007)
Place of birth Tucson, Arizona
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 2001–present
Rank Staff Sergeant
Awards Eagle Scout (March 20, 1995, Catalina Council)
U.S. Army Soldier of the Year (2003)
U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Soldier of the Year (2003)
American Legion Military Spirit of Service (2004)
MEDCOM Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (2007)
Spc. Russell A. Burnham, right, receives U.S. Army Soldier of the Year Award (2003)

Russell Adam Burnham (born September 6, 1979), U.S. Army soldier, is the great-grandson of Frederick Russell Burnham (1861-1947), D.S.O., the 2003 U.S. Army Soldier of the Year,[1][2] 2007 U.S. Army Medical Corps NCO of the Year,[3] and an Eagle Scout.[4]


Military career


U.S. Army Soldier of the Year

Burnham was serving as an Evacuation Specialist with HHC, 1/5 Infantry Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington, when he decided to compete in the preliminary competitions for the 2003 Soldier of the Year. After winning his battalion's honor, he went on to win the competition for 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and later for I Corps and Fort Lewis. He then competed in, and won, the U.S. Army Forces Command Soldier of the Year competition, which afforded him the opportunity to represent the largest command in the Army at the Soldier of the Year competition. Burnham won the competition, consisting of several grueling mental and physical tasks, and was reassigned to Washington, DC to serve as an ambassador for the Army.[5] For the next year, Burnham represented the Army at various events, including joining comedian Al Franken on a USO tour of Iraq and Afghanistan in December 2003.

Medical Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

From 2004 to 2005, Burnham was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and in 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Fort Sam Houston. In 2007, Staff Sergeant Burnham won the title of NCO of the Year for the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Representing MEDCOM, he competed against NCOs from all 13 major commands in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition,[3][6] but was unable to duplicate his victory from 2003.[7]

Physician Assistant Training

Based on the board results from summer 2007, Burnham was selected to attend the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston beginning in April 2009 upon completion of prerequisite courses at San Antonio College.

Awards and Decorations


Burnham is a descendent of Thomas Burnham (1617-1688) of Hartford, Connecticut, the first American ancestor of a large number of Burnhams.[9] The descendents of Thomas Burnham have been noted in every American war, including the French and Indian war.[10]


A native of Tucson, Arizona, Burnham earned an associates degree from Rio Salado College and is a Boy Scouts of America volunteer. He is married with three children.


  1. ^ Preston, Kenneth O. (2003). "Sgt Major, US Army" (html). U.S. Army. Retrieved 2006-04-22.  
  2. ^ "U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition" (html). U.S. Army. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28.  
  3. ^ a b "United States Army Best Warrior Competition". U.S. Army. Retrieved 2007-10-10.  
  4. ^ "Frederick Russell Burnham" (html). White Eagle District. Retrieved 2007-08-19.  
  5. ^ Fort Lewis specialist is named Army Soldier of the Year, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Phuong Cat Le, October 3, 2003. Retrieved on 2008-07-09.
  6. ^ "MEDCOM bio burnham". U.S. Army. Retrieved 2007-09-26.  
  7. ^ Staff Sgt. Seifert, Spc. Seeker Named Army's Best Warriors, US Army website, Beth Reece, October 8, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-07-08.
  8. ^ Strasser, Mike. "Best Warrior Continues Tradition of Military Excellence". U.S. Army. Retrieved 2007-10-10.  
  9. ^ Bradford, Mary E; Richard H Bradford (1993). An American family on the African frontier: the Burnham family letters, 1893–1896. Niwot, Colorado: Roberts Rinehart Publishers. ISBN 1879373661.  
  10. ^ Press Reference Library: Notables of the West. New York: International News Service. 1915. OCLC 5532411.  
  11. ^ "Great Canadian Heritage Discoveries". Biographical sketch. The Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum. 200. Retrieved 2007-03-31.  


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