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What was the process for
joining? After graduating from

COURTESY OF LT. COL. REBECCA BURBRIDGE

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Lt. Col. Rebecca Burbridge is an
Air Force Reserve judge advocate
- in other words, a military
attorney. Her unit is the 713th
Combat Operations Squadron,
which supports Pacific Air Forces.

law school and passing the bar
exam, I joined the Air Force
through Commissioned Officer
Training school. It was an
abbreviated basic training where
Lt. Col.
we were divided into "flights" of
Rebecca
15 students. We learned about
Burbridge
military history, doctrine, dress
What is your background? I'm a
and appearance, drill and
member of the Mandan, Hidatsa,
ceremony, and teamwork. The
and Arikara Nation of Fort
architecture and earned a degree
hours were long but my entire
Berthold, N.D. My dad was an
in construction science. Coming
flight graduated. Then I comofficer in the military, and my
out of college, I wanted to be a
mom was a government contractribal attorney. While in law school pleted a two-month legal training
at the University of New Mexico, a program. After I completed my
tor who spent most of her time
four-year commitment, I decided
Reserve judge advocate told me
with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
to continue serving in the Air
about the USAF Judge Advocate
Growing up, I moved from place
Force Reserve.
Program. The brochure said that
to place, but I came home to Fort
they really focused on litigation,
Berthold during the summers. I
What has your overall experiand I wanted that immediate
always thought I might join the
ence been like? The Air Force
litigation experience. I applied for provides you with immediate
military. I have a long line of
service in my family, including my the program, and when I
training and job satisfaction
interviewed it became clear that it - while you serve your country.
uncle and grandpa who served,
and my great-grandfather who was would be a good fit because I
You work with diverse people with
would learn about various types
in the infantry as an Indian scout.
diverse backgrounds. There are so
of jurisdiction, sovereign
many opportunities for engineers,
How did you decide on the Air
immunity, and rights of way -
and for anyone with a STEM
Force? I went to the University of
things that affect tribes daily.
background. The initial term of
Oklahoma, where I studied

service is between four and six
years, then you can choose what's
next - whether you stay in
longer, join the Reserve to do
part-time service, or move on to
the private sector. I have seen the
Air Force take inexperienced
people and turn them into astute
professionals.
How has the USAF made a
difference for you? For me, it's

been an invaluable part of my
career and life. Because of the
USAF I get to pursue my two
loves: service to country and
service to my people. I'm still in
the Reserve. In my civilian life, I
write wills for Indian people. This
specialty stems from my Air Force
training: in my first four years of
service, I completed more than
500 wills for military members
and retirees, which prepared me
for my current Indian estate
planning practice. My experience
in the Air Force taught me to
listen, and it taught me all the
things that matter for writing an
Indian will.
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