Dan Burtz will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame on Dec. 28 during the Snowball Classic. Burtz will be inducted at the halftime of the Winner boys game.
Lt. Col. Burtz is a 1993 graduate of Winner High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree in space operations from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master of engineering in space operation from the University of Colorado and a PhD in astronautical engineering from the Naval Post graduate school.
After receiving his commission, Lt. Col. Burtz held positions in nuclear missle operations, reconnaissance satellite development and command and control of GPS and military communication satellites.
Burtz served as an adjunct facility member for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Maryland university college, commanded a squadron of satellite operation instructors and served as the acting dean of the National Security Space Institute.
He is currently an assistant professor of astronautical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Acadmey.
Burtz has played the tuba in three symphony orchestras including the Colorado Springs Brass which he is the founder.
Burtz is an avid living historian and horseman, reenacting cavalry action from the Mexican War through the Civil War and Indian War.
Together with his wife, Angie, they have two sons: Mason and Baxter.
Burtz is the son of Malon and Alona Burtz of Winner.