John entered the USAF in 1979 and served twenty-seven years both in active and reserve retiring in 2006 as a Law Enforcement Flight Chief, Supervisor, Patrolman, and K-9 handler both explosive and narcotics. He had various assignments throughout his Air Force career. Some of these assignments were at Luke AFB, Osan AFB, Grissom AFB, Castle AFB, with Reserve assignments at Davis-Monthan AFB Prime Beef, Williams AFB, Reese AFB and Luke AFB as a IMA. He has been on many deployments from Italy to the Middle East, some which still remain classified today. In 2002 he deployed after being called back to active duty after 911 with his Explosive K-9 to AL Jabber AFB and again in early 2003 to a classified location in the Middle East during the buildup for the invasion of Iraqi operation Iraqi freedom. He also has been tasked on several occasions with his K-9 to provide protection for POTUS for the United States Secret Service. In 1999 he deployed to San Vito Italy with a squad for operation Noble Anvil.
He worked the Joint Command Base with the Army, which ran all of the war operations in the theater. John was in-charge of Day Shift Operations, which included Forty Security Forces Personnel who provided Security for the base and aircraft located at Brindisi international airport located 10 miles away.
The most notable assignment began in 1979; he was assigned as a Security Police Law Enforcement Patrolman, at RAF Bentwaters England. A twin base with RAF Woodbridge, together they amassed the Largest Tactical Fighter Wing in the USAF. On the mourning of December 26th 1980, while working a Law Enforcement Patrol at RAF Woodbridge, has a life changing event, where he conducted an investigation on a phenomenon in Rendlesham Forrest. He is also the only witness to have been involved with both nights of the investigation of phenomenon adjacent to the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge, which has left the rest of the world in awe of the most documented and most witnessed case in history. Commonly referred to by Ex-MOD Section Chief, Nick Pope as the holy-grail of Ufology.
John Burroughs' account of the Rendlesham Forest Incident has been featured worldwide on numerous television and radio networks such as; Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Strange but True, History Channel" I know what I saw", Ancient Aliens and many radio shows, including Coast-to-Coast. He and other witnesses had developed a "Return to Bentwaters" for the 30th year anniversary of the Rendlesham Forest Incident. That was held on December 2010 at Woodbridge, England.
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