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Warrior Games Profile - Kyle Burnett

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(Editor's Note: From September 28 to October 4, more than 40 athletes representing the Air Force will be in Colorado Springs competing in the 2014 Warrior Games. This is a profile of one of those athletes, providing a behind-the-scenes look at who they are and the sport they represent. Note: Some profile information in the graphics may be outdated due to recent birthdays or events. The most current player information is below.)

WARRIOR GAMES: PLAYER PROFILE

Name: Master Sgt. Kyle Burnett (Ret.)

Team: Warrior Games
Sports: Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Track and Field DOB: 17 Oct 1980
Birthplace: Hinsdale, IL
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Current Residence: Eagle River, AK
Injury: TBI, PTSD

Personal Profile:

Retired MSgt Kyle Burnett was medically retired from the Air Force 28 May 2013 after 14 years and 5 months of service. She started her career at Tyndall AFB, Florida, serving as an F-15 crew chief. While working with the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) at Robins AFB, Georgia, MSgt Burnett deployed twice to Al Udeid AB, Qatar. She was then transferred to the 5th Combat Communications Squadron at Robins. While tasked to the unit, Burnett deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina). In 2009, she was deployed by the National Security Agency to work out of Baghdad, Iraq, providing communication support for the intelligence community. Her job took her outside the wire to many sites throughout Iraq. In July 2009, she was injured in a rocket attack that took the lives of 3 soldiers. Although she sustained a traumatic brain injury, Burnett was able to complete her deployment. In 2011, she was deployed again to Al Udeid AB, Qatar working at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC). Since her medical retirement, she has enrolled at the University of Alaska-Anchorage with a dual major in Biology and Psychology and hopes to become a veterinarian.

Personal/Professional Achievements:

Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Graduate Airman Leadership School Distinguished Graduate Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Graduated with highest honors from Central Texas College