Brig. Gen. William R. Burks is the Adjutant General for the State of Nevada. Burks succeeded Maj. Gen. Cindy Kirkland in 2009. As Adjutant General, he is the senior uniformed Nevada National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting the more than 4,000 Nevada Army and Air National Guard personnel. Burks serves as the governor’s principal adviser on all National Guard issues, is responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Nevada National Guard, and serves as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, and Department of the Air Force.
Prior to his current position, Burks was the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Nevada Air National Guard, and also served as Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Staff Headquarters, Nevada National Guard. During this timeframe, he also acted as a Special Assistant to the Headquarters Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review Office.
Burks began his military career with the Nevada Air National Guard when he was selected to attend navigator training for the 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Reno and received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1978. Burks earned his navigator wings at Mather Air Force Base, Calif. and weapons system officer rating at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., in 1978. Burks is a Master Navigator with more than 2,000 flying hours and is a veteran of Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM with 29 combat sorties. Burks is a native of Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.