Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden, formerly program executive officer for U.S. Army enterprise information systems, will transition to a new role as deputy commander for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Friday.
The service branch assigned Burden to the position as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, a U.S.-backed coalition effort to increase stability and security across Afghanistan.
OFS falls under NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and works to train, advise and assist Afghan forces in support of counterterrorism efforts against Al-Qaeda remnants.
Burden joined the military in 1987 and was initially assigned to Army Field Artillery.
He served as deputy PEO for ammunition and senior commander at Picatinny Arsenal before he took on the PEO EIS position, as well as previously held multiple acquisition roles within the Army.
Burden holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Alabama A&M University and a master’s degree in management information systems from Florida Institute of Technology.