Lieutenant General Peter G. Burbules
was born of Greek immigrants in Chicago
, on 29 November 1931. In 1962, he received a bachelor's degree
in military science
under the Bootstrap Program at the University of Omaha
. Burbules also earned a master's degree
in business administration
from Babson College
in 1970. In addition, he graduated from the U.S. Army Ordnance School, the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College in 1971, and the Naval War College
in 1976. General Burbules began his military career as an enlisted
man in 1952. After completing leadership
training with the 7th Armored Division
at Camp Roberts, California
, he entered Officers Candidate School and was commissioned
a second lieutenant
in the Ordnance Corps
in May 1954.
Burbules served in a variety of important career
building assignments. Included were tours of duty at Fort Huachuca
(1954 to 1957); Korea
(1957 to 1958); the Defense Atomic Support Agency (1958 to 1961); Turkey (1962 to 1965); Vietnam (1967 to 1968); and as Commander of the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant (1968 to 1969). From 1965 to 1967, he served in the Project Manager's Office, General Purpose Vehicles. General Burbules commanded the Support Battalion of the 172d Arctic Light Infantry Brigade in Alaska
from 1971 to 1973. His next assignment was the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
as a weapon system analyst (1973 to 1974), followed by a tour as the Executive Officer, Systems Review and Analysis Office, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, with concurrent duty as the Executive Secretary, Army Systems Acquisition Review Council. He also served as the Chairman
, Joint Fuze Task Group under the cognizance of the Joint Logistics Commanders from 1976 to 1977.
Other key assignments included Commander, Tooele Army Depot, Utah, from 1977 to 1979; Deputy Commanding General for Conventional Ammunition, Army Armament Materiel Readiness Command, Rock Island, Illinois, from 1979 to 1982; Deputy Executive Director for Conventional Ammunition, Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (now U.S. Army Materiel Command) from February 1982 to October 1983; Commanding General, Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command, Rock Island, Illinois, from October 1983 to July 1985; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Missile Command from 2 August 1985 to 12 May 1986; and Deputy Commanding General (Materiel Readiness), Army Materiel Command from May 1986 until his retirement from active duty in October 1987.
Burbules was awarded a variety of decorations. He received the Distinguished Service Medal
, the Legion of Merit
(with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal
, the Joint Service Commendation Medal
, and the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster). In 1992, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame.