DVIDS – News – A native of central Pennsylvania has been selected as chief counsel for the world naval command

Abram Burnett, a native of central Pennsylvania and a graduate of Cedar Cliff High School, has been selected for the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Legal Advisor to the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), which is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and 25,000 military and civilian employees worldwide.

As NAVSUP consultant, Burnett will lead nearly 80 attorneys and professionals in 19 offices around the world responsible for all legal services for NAVSUP activities and for procurement of legal services for the Navy Field Contracting System. Key practice areas include acquisition, federal labor and industrial relations, tax law, ethics and standards of conduct.

“I am proud to have Mr. Burnett join the Senior Executive Service as an advisor to NAVSUP,” said NAVSUP Vice Commander Kurt Wendelken. “Achieving this level of professionalism and expertise is a remarkable achievement. I am confident that he will continue to provide outstanding service to our command and mission.”

SES members ensure that the executive branch of the U.S. government is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the nation. They serve in key positions just below the top officials of the President, accounting for less than 0.5% of all federal employees.

Announcing Burnett’s selection, Navy Counsel General John P. “Sean” Coffey said, “I am pleased to announce that I have selected Mr. Abram Burnett to serve as Counsel, NAVSUP. Many of you know Abram through his work as NAVSUP Deputy Counsel and as a 2020 Harvey J. Wilcox Fellow, a prestigious one-year rotating fellowship in the Office of the General Counsel. The Fellowship offers a unique insight into the delivery of legal support and the development of legal policy at departmental and headquarters levels.

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Following news of his selection, Burnett said, “It is an honor to be selected as Counsel, NAVSUP and a privilege to lead such a distinguished cadre of attorneys and professionals who have an unparalleled commitment to the mission. I look forward to working with this team to support our military and civilian leadership in addressing the unprecedented challenges our combatants are currently facing.”

In 2012, Burnett left private practice to begin his career with the Department of the Navy at NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS). While at WSS, Burnett advised on the acquisition of maritime systems used by the Navy, Marine Corps, and joint and allied programs. He also represented the Navy on pending matters before the Government Accountability Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

In 2018, Burnett was selected as Associate Counsel at NAVSUP Headquarters, where he oversaw and assisted counsel at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Centers (FLCs) around the world, providing advice on ship repair and maintenance services, and handling flag-level policy issues , which covered a wide range of matters affecting the Navy and the NAVSUP enterprise. Burnett also served details in Italy, Djibouti, Bahrain, Singapore and Japan. He was elected NAVSUP Deputy Counsel in 2021.

Burnett holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, American University and Penn State Dickinson Law.

NAVSUP leads and facilitates supply chain, procurement, operational logistics, and seaman and family care activities with our mission partners to build global preparedness and support naval forces to prevent wars and win decisively. The command operates eight FLCs aligned with the Navy’s numbered fleets and deployed worldwide to provide integrated logistics, contract services, ordnance and transportation facilitation for the Navy and Joint Operating Units in all warfare enterprises and military operations.

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Date Recorded: 2023-02-28 Published Date: 2023-02-28 15:38 Story ID: 439395 Location: MECHANICSBURG, PA, US Web Views: 12 Downloads: 0 PUBLIC DOMAIN