General Burns was enrolled in La Salle University's Army ROTC program. Burns was the first distinguished ROTC graduate in school history. He commissioned as a Field Artillery officer in 1954. From there, General Burns began his military career, which include, posts at: Fort Bragg, Fort Sill, United States Army War College, Princeton University and Germany. He retired in 1988 as a Major General in the United States Army. President Reagan nominated Gen Burns as the Director for Arms Control Agency in 1988. During this time he spent countless hours negotiating arms control with the Soviets for example, in Geneva. In his later years he has served on advisory committees such as being a member of La Salle's Board of Trustees. He still resides in Carlisle, PA, where he has lived for twenty years.
Burns, William F. and Carlson, Brian, "Interview of William F. Burns, Major General USA" (2011). All Oral Histories. 26.
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