LTC Burke was commissioned a 2nd LT, Corps of Engineers, in June 1969 after graduating from Boston College. During a 21 year career he had numerous assignments culminating as the Engineer for the Berlin Command, Berlin, West Germany. Awards included Legion of Merit. He completed an MBA from Babson College and a Master in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute during his career. Following retirement from the Army in 1990, he was selected as the Public Works Director for the Town of Marshfield MA, where he managed the organization from 1990 to 1995. In 1995 he was selected by the quasi-public agency, Mass Development, to be part of the 200 million dollar project to redevelop the former Fort Devens, where he was promoted to Executive VP for the redevelopment project. As Executive VP for Devens Operations he was responsible for all municipal functions, engineering design and planning for all infrastructure construction and local public relations for the redevelopment. While managing the operation the redevelopment successfully brought 80 new businesses and over 4000 jobs to Devens, culminating with Bristol Myers Squibb Constructing a new drug manufacturing plant after defeating a bid by North Carolina for the plant. Retired in 2008, he now pursues photography, golf and volunteering for many non-profit organizations. He is an active and dedicated Board Member, assisting the staff in a wide variety of ways.