Matthew Burke is a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force. He sustained combat injuries during a search and rescue while under attack. Matthew continued serving throughout his recovery and became the Safety Superintendent for an Electronic Combat Group encompassing over 2,000 personnel and $1.5B in assets. He achieved a Black Belt in Taekwondo, competed internationally on Team USA, Nationally on team Air Force, and on the Heroes team against MLB Legends team. Since retiring, Matthew launched a local ministry for adolescents, First Responders, and Military Families. Matthew’s call to service could not be extinguished by enemy force. He is a life-long learner currently engaged in a Doctorate study with Walden University. He is a social scientist seeking a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Emergency Management.
Matthew grew up on a farm in Webster, Florida. He enlisted in the Air Force in 2000. His background includes various duties in Emergency Management Services, security, firefighting, culinary arts, agriculture, adolescent development, ministry, human resources, student instruction, base operations, safety, Martial Arts, and aircraft maintenance. His duty assignments include Texas, Kentucky, and Arizona, with deployments to Oman, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. In all, he sacrificed over 3 1/2 years away from his family to keep the fight abroad. After traveling the world, Matthew and his family chose Newberry, FL. to call home.
Matthew witnessed countless family sacrifices during his 13 years of service. He also identifies with First Responders and their families. Through his rehabilitation he discovered a newfound purpose in life. After competing on the Air Force and U.S. teams in National and International Military Paralympics’, he answered a call to ministry. This has led to the development of a charitable organization called 10 CAN, Inc.
10 CAN was developed on the premise that adolescents need a significant point in their life to transition into purpose driven individuals. Matthew realizes that he can do more than plant seeds; he can teach parents to cultivate. 10 CAN is an organic non-profit organization that uses a holistic approach for families of Warfighters, Veterans, and First Responders. Focusing on mind, body, and spirit is the key element in family fitness.
1999 Fire Fighter & Emergency Medical Tec, Rowan Technical College, Kentucky
2005 AAS Aircraft Maintenance Technology, CCAF
2006 AAS Human Resource Management/Personnel Management, CCAF
2010 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Southwestern College, Kansas
2012 Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry, Southwestern College, Kansas
Current: Ph.D. Public Policy & Administration in Emergency Management, Walden University