Major General Retires from Michigan National Guard after 40 years

Contact: Col. Timothy Houchlei 517-481-7731
Agency: Military and Veterans Affairs

Major General Burton K. Francisco

LANSING, Mich., April 13, 2018 -- After 40 years of military service, Major General Burton K. Francisco retired from the Michigan Army National Guard.  A ceremony with family and friends was held in his honor Saturday, April 14, in Lansing, Mich. 

General Francisco was the Special Assistant to the Combatant Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command/United States Northern Command for National Guard matters and liaison to the Chief of National Guard Bureau.  General Francisco is proud of his enlisted service in the Michigan Army National Guard from April 1978 through May 1983.  He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1983 through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.   

General Francisco enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard in 1978; he has served as a Company Commander, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer, Commander, 51st Civil Support Team, Director of Human Resources, Director of the Joint Staff, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, and Commander of the 46th Military Police Command.   

Francisco earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State College and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. 

General Francisco’s military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass; Army Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 5; Michigan Distinguished Service Medal; Michigan Legion of Merit with 1 Gold Oak Leaf Cluster; Michigan Service Medal with 1 Gold Oak Leaf Cluster; Michigan Outside United States Ribbon with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Michigan State Partnership Ribbon; and the Georgia Olympic Ribbon. 

General Francisco and his wife Donna, have two children Staff Sgt. Chad Francisco (Kelli), and Senior Master Sgt. Karla Waichum (Mark).