Major Tyler E. Burnham is a native of Washington. He graduated from Central Washington University in 2004, earning his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After completion of The Basic School and Naval Flight Training, he reported to Aviation Training Unit, Cherry Point, NC for KC-130J Super Hercules training.
Major Burnham completed KC-130J Super Hercules training in 2007 and reported to the VMGR-152 “Sumos,” where he served in various assignments and deployed once to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009.
In May 2011, Major Burnham reported to 5th ANGLICO for duties as a forward air controller and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2011 through June 2012. In July 2012, Major Burnham reported to VMGR-252 “Otis,” where he served as the Aviation Safety Officer. In July 2014, Major Burnham deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom with VMGR-252 Detachment Alpha, serving as the detachment Director of Safety and Standardization. Upon return, Major Burnham attended WTI 2-14.
Major Burnham returned to VMGR-252 where he served as the Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer. In January 2015, Major Burnham deployed with VMGR-252 to SPMAGTF-CR-AF and served as the detachment Operations Officer and WTI. He was promoted to Major during this deployment. Upon return, Major Burnham reported to Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, where he graduated with distinction in June of 2016 with a Master of Military Studies.
In July of 2016, Major Burnham reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One as a KC-130 instructor pilot. From June 2017 to July 2018, Major Burnham served as the Director of Safety and Standardization.
In July of 2018, Major Burnham reported to the KC-130J Fleet Replacement Detachment, as the Executive Officer and KC-130J NATOPS Program Manager.
In June of 2020, Major Burnham reported to his present command, VMGR-252, as the Executive Officer.
Major Burnham’s decorations include the Air Medal with numeral 12, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of fourth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and campaign awards.