As a retired major general of the Alabama Army National Guard, it has been ingrained in David Burford to work “by, with and through others.”
Burford’s father, 2nd Lt. Macon C. Pippen, was a veteran of World War II who died, partially due to his battle wounds, when Burford was 10 years old.
“Somewhere in that 10 years I gained a respect for what he did,” Burford said. “So, when I went to college, I went through ROTC just to see if I liked it.”
He liked it so much that he left Georgia Tech as a distinguished military graduate with a chemical engineering degree and status as a second lieutenant, moving on to serve on active duty for the first five years. That first step in college led him toward a career in the military for nearly four decades, becoming a member of the Green Berets, and, surprisingly to him, a two-star general for the Alabama Army National Guard.