Kevin Burns

Kevin Burns

Born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana I graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana with a degree in Chemistry. From there I attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. During this 4 year medical school I was an officer in the US Navy and received my MD degree in May 1982. I then spent a year as a surgery intern at Bethesda Naval hospital. In October 1983 I was assigned to Flight Surgeon training in Pensacola, Florida. During this intense training I learned refined methods to care for Naval aviators and was myself trained to fly (actually familiarization flying) Naval aircraft. From there I was assigned to a Marine heavy helicopter squadron in Tustin, California. I was further deployed with this marine squadron for 6 months to Okinawa, Japan. From there I transitioned to be the senior flight surgeon at the carrier based E-2C airborne early warning aircraft training squadron in Norfolk, Virginia in 1985. I then left naval aviation with many fond memories in order to complete a 4 year residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery (ENT) which I completed in 1993. I was then assigned as head of the ENT department at Naval Hospital Charleston, SC. I then left active duty and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana as the ENT surgeon at the Caylor-Nickel clinic in Bluffton, Indiana in 1996. At the same time I became a drilling reservist in the US Navy reserve based out of the Naval support center in Indianapolis, IN. This affiliated me with the Naval reserve and it's once a month weekend drills. 2 weeks a year temporary duty took me to exotic places such as Phuket, Thailand (Tsunami relief in March 2005); Kotzabu, Alaska; Rota, Spain and Okinawa, Japan. The US Navy then retrained me as a Naval Flight Surgeon in Pensacola, Florida in 2008 and used me to support the entire aviation needs of the one and only Recruit Training Center (RTC), Great Lakes, Illinois. I saw duty at New River, Marine Corp Air Station where I was privileged to fly in one of the newest Marine Corp aircraft, the V-22 Osprey.

My extensive Navy experience allowed me the opportunity to grow as a leader of people and their units and to grow as a medical professional. I retired from the US Navy in 2015 after 36 years of service, 18 years active service and 18 years of reserve service.. While I miss the comradery, I have transitioned to a leadership role at the Fort Wayne VA medical center where I am the Chief of Surgery. I am proud to serve my fellow veterans. I feel that the Honor Flight Services are a fitting tribute, and having spoken about this with many veterans, a much appreciated tribute to their sacrifices as a veteran. The Honor Flight services allows these veterans to reconnect (if only briefly) with those currently on active duty now honoring those who "came before them".

I joined The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company in an effort to help recover from a devastating stroke I suffered in May 2016. My balance (and brain power) has improved remarkably under the tutelage of Gena and Karen. I have also enjoyed the friendly and inviting attitude of the entire staff and the very friendly folks that are part of the Fort Wayne Ballroom community. Thank you for your warm welcomes. Who knew Ballroom could be so complicated.....