Colonel Manaal I. (Pipper) Burge

Colonel Manaal I. Burge is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Air National Guard to the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.  The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness of the seven Reserve components.  

Col Burge is a decorated combat leader with five deployments. She recently graduated National War College with a concentration in Influence Warfare and served as the ARC liaison to Force Development in OUSD (P) prior to the RFPB. She has served as an active-duty officer in the Regular Air Force, the Air National Guard and a civilian defense contractor which has given her great perspective. Col Burge has served at every level from tactical to strategic to include squadron command. She has been an F-15E WSO, TACP ALO, Air Operations Master Air Attack Planner, Deputy Director ANG Crisis Action Team, USAF Foreign and Domestic Relations Officer and Chief of Strategic Communications in the CSAF/SecAF Executive Action Group. Additionally, she was a varsity college athlete and a medical mission volunteer to austere, remote parts of the globe where she both offered humanitarian, medical and educational assistance. An active officer, Pipper continues to serve in her community, her church, pursue higher education, and personal fitness goals. She is happily married with four stepdaughters.


2021 – 2022                  Senior NGB Advisor to OUSD Policy/Force Development

2020 - 2021                  Student, National War College

2018 - 2020                  Commander, 166th Operational Support Squadron

2016 – 2018                  Foreign and Domestic Relations, Office of the Chief of Staff, Pentagon

2016 – 2018                  Chief, Strategic Communications, HAF/CX, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

2016 – 2016                  Executive Officer to the ANGRC/CC, ANG Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, MD

2016 – 2016                  Deputy Director, ANG Crisis Action Team, Andrews AFB, MD

2014 – 2016                  Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA

2011 – 2016                  Asst Flight Commander, 103rd Air and Space Operations Group, Bradley ANGB, CT

2010 – 2011                  Wing Chief of Receptions, 366th Wg, Mountain Home AFB, ID

2008 – 2010                  Flight CC, 391st FS, Mountain Home, AFB, ID

2006 – 2008                  Flight CC/Air Liaison Officer/JTAC Qual, 20th ASOS, Fort Drum, NY

2003 – 2006                  Functional Check Flight, Assistant Chief of Plans, RAF Lakenheath, UK

2002 – 2003                  F-15E Basic Course, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

2001 – 2002                  Joint Strike Undergrad Navigator School, NAS Pensacola, FL

AWARDS                    Bronze Star

                                    Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC)

                                    Air Medal (6 OLC)

                                    Air Force Commendation Medal (1 OLC)

                                    Meritorious Unit Award   (2 OLC)

                                    AF Outstanding Unit Award   (1 LC)

                                    Combat Readiness Medal

                                    National Defense Service Medal

                                    Afghanistan Campaign Medal

                                    Iraq Campaign Medal

                                    Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

                                    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

                                    Korean Defense Service Medal

                                    AF Overseas Ribbon Short

                                    AF Overseas Ribbon Long 

                                    Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border  (2 OLC)

                                    Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

                                    AF Longevity Service   (3 OLC)

                                    Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon   (1 OLC)

                                    AF Training Ribbon

                                    NATO Medal

                                    Flight Commander of the Quarter

                                    CGO of the Quarter

                                    A/G WSO of the Quarter



National War College, 2021

Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), 2011

Squadron Officer School, 2009

Bachelor of Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2000

(Current as of Sept 2022)

Colonel Manaal I. (Pipper) Burge

Colonel Manaal I.  (Pipper) Burge