Colonel Burg Valk studied civil engineering at the Royal Military Academy in Breda from 1980 to 1985, after which he was appointed commander of an armoured engineer platoon in Seedorf, Germany. He then held several positions in the Engineer Corps Regiment, including a deployment to northern Iraq with 11 Engineer Support Battalion as part of Operation Provide Comfort.
From 1995 to 1997, Valk, by then a Major, attended the Staff Service Course and Advanced Military Studies successively. In 1997, he was assigned to the Expendable Items Division of the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) Directorate of Materiel. Following a very brief spell at the Army Staff, he was appointed as aide-decamp to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix in 1999. After two years, he was promoted to senior aide-de-camp, a position similar to that of chief of staff.
In 2004, he was posted to the International Military Cooperation Division of the Defense Staff in the position of NATO logistics staff officer for three years. Following positions as Head of the Engineer Services of the Defense Infrastructure Agency in Utrecht and the ’amalgamation of 101 Combat Support Brigade and 1 Logistics Brigade’, he became chief of staff of Operational Support Command (Land). Employing around 6,500 personnel, this is the largest unit of the RNLA, responsible for providing combat and logistics support to the Netherlands Defense organisation.
He has been commander of Regional Military Command South since 2010 and since January 2011 he is posted as Regional Military Commander of Southern Netherlands and deputy Commander of 13 Mechanised Brigade in Oirschot.
After his assignment in Afghanistan in 2013 as CJ4 of Regional Command North Valk led a Task Force exploring the support of the Dutch Army could provide to national civil authorities. Currently Col Valk commands the Dutch Engineer School which includes the functions of Senior National Engineer and Regimental Commander.