Bow man sworned in as New Hampshire's Army civilian aideStaff Report
December 03. 2013 7:42PM
CONCORD — Peter Burdett of Bow was sworn in as the state’s civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army on Tuesday in Executive Chambers at the State House.
Burdett, who served as a U.S. naval aviator for more than 20 years before he retired in 1993, was named to the post in August with support from the state’s congressional delegation.
“New Hampshire is uniquely involved with veterans,” Burdett said at the ceremony. “We do things differently here.”
Burdett was praised by Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte for his work with veterans, veterans’ organizations and his leadership in helping civilians better understand the state’s 120,000 veterans.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving or more qualified than Peter Burdett,” Ayotte said.
Shaheen said Burdett combines two enduring New Hampshire traditions: volunteerism and military service.
Hassan called Burdett the perfect fit for the position, first established in 1922.
“We owe a debt to our service members and veterans that we can never repay, Hassan said. “Their families sacrifice as well, and that is something that is very easy for citizens to forget.”
As the civilian aide, Burdett provides feedback to Army leaders on public attitudes, issues and concerns and provides support to New Hampshire soldiers and their families.
“I’m a conduit here,” Burdett said. “It’s New Hampshire that has a story to tell.”
He was commissioned in 1972 and designated a naval aviator in 1973.
Burdett was deployed in the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1991 and retired as a U.S. naval aviator in 1993.
Since that time, Burdett has been chairman of the state Veterans Advisory Council, served as president of the New Hampshire chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and is on the board of directors of the Veterans Count Club, an Easter Seals program.
He graduated from Springfield College, earned a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate College and a certificate in financial planning from Merrimack College.
Burdett is the assistant vice president of the Manchester Branch of Merrill Lynch.