Major General Melvin L. Burch is Assistant Adjutant General for Installations and Homeland Defense, West Virginia National Guard. He is responsible for making recommendations on the proper employment of forces, planning and coordinating operations or accomplishing such operational missions related to Homeland Defense as may be assigned by the Adjutant General. He has the authority necessary to accomplish missions and tasks assigned by The Adjutant General.
General Burch provides engineering planning, ensures execution of all engineering operations, coordinates all aspects of engineering to include matters pertaining to installations, facilities, and the environment in support of military operations. General Burch maintains engineer staff communications with National Guard Bureau, Army and Air National Guard, and other local, state and federal agencies. He develops joint engineering and environmental plans, doctrine, policies, procedures, and reporting instructions in coordination with the West Virginia Joint Force Headquarters Staff.
General Burch was commissioned in 1971 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at The Ohio State University. He has commanded at every level to include an Engineer Brigade. From 2007 thru 2008 he served in Iraq as the Commander, 111th Engineer Brigade.
General Burch’s other significant assignments include: Assistant Adjutant General-Army, West Virginia Army National Guard; Commander, 111th Engineer BDE; Director, Facilities and Engineering, JFHQ-WV; Chief of Staff, West Virginia State Area Command; Commander, 111th Engineer Group; Post Mobilization Officer, West Virginia State Area Command; Deputy Director, Facilities and Engineering, West Virginia State Area Command; Commander, 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, West Virginia State Area Command; Military Personnel Officer, West Virginia State Area Command; S-1, 111th Engineer Group; S-3, 111th Engineer Group; Operations Officer, 111th Engineer Group; Utility Engineer, 111th Engineer Group; Chemical Officer, 111th Engineer Group; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion; Reconnaissance Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion; Assistant Operations Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion; Executive Officer, Company C 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion; Platoon Leader, Company C 1092nd Engineer Combat Battalion.
General Burch and his wife Abbie live in Tornado, WV. They have three children, Jeffrey, Nathan, and Trinity.
General Burch’s awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, six Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, nine Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, 3 National Defense Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral 5, West Virginia Legion of Merit, West Virginia Achievement Ribbon, three West Virginia Emergency Service Ribbons, eight West Virginia State Service Ribbons, six West Virginia Service Ribbons, West Virginia National Guard Minuteman Ribbon, five West Virginia Distinguished Unit Awards.