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Protect and Serve

Posted on November 11, 2020 in Employee Feature

Officer James Burkett and Bono

Fort Sanders Regional Security Officer Recognized for Veterans Day

Today we recognize United States military veterans across the country and give thanks for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Fort Sanders Regional and Covenant Health employ many veterans once they’ve returned to civilian life and celebrate veterans in our care through our veteran’s recognition program. In honor of Veterans Day, we sat down with one of our many veteran employees, Officer James Burkett, to learn more about him.

Where are you from?


How long did you serve in the military?

I served in the Army for nine and a half years from 2007-2016, including a 12-month tour in Afghanistan. During that time, I was stationed in New York and Kentucky.

How long have you worked at Fort Sanders Regional?

Just over one year

What do you do at Fort Sanders Regional?

I lead Covenant Health’s K-9 program with my K-9 partner Bono, a two and a half year old German shepherd. We patrol and assist security at Fort Sanders Regional. Our goal is to protect staff, patients and visitors who come to the hospital and provide an extra level of security and comfort.

Why did you decide to work in security after the military?

There’s still that feeling of serving, protecting and helping people in need with this job.

How does your military training affect your current job?

The Army taught me to always be aware of my surroundings which translates very well into this job.

What’s the best part of your job?

I get to hang out with my best friend [Bono] all day.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like to spend time with my kids.

What’s your favorite food?


Who’s your favorite singer?

George Straight

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