Brigadier General Carl A. Buhler is the Special Assistant to the Commander of Air Combat Command, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection for Air Combat Command where he led a staff of 300-plus personnel across 12 divisions and was responsible for the budget, policy, and oversight of ACC's maintenance, munitions, supply, transportation, civil engineering, and force protection functions in support of readiness, sortie production, and sortie generation efforts for 1,300-plus combat and special mission aircraft and 800-plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. In addition, he oversaw 300-plus Air Force Engineering and Technical Services personnel providing technical advice, assistance, and training to field-level units world-wide while he also provided direct oversight of ACC's infrastructure investment program and maintained combat ready security forces units for rapid deployment and employment.
General Buhler received his commission in 1989 from the ROTC program at Valdosta State College, Georgia. During his career, he deployed to the cease-fire phase of Operation DESERT STORM and in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He also served as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration "Thunderbirds" maintenance officer for the 1997 and 1998 seasons and served as Commander, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group, Southwest Asia, Commander, 78th Air Base Wing/Installation Commander, Robins AFB, Georgia, and Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill AFB, Utah.
1989 Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, Valdosta State College, Ga.
1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Masters degree in human relations, University of Oklahoma
2000 Masters degree in national security and strategic studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I.
2004 Air War College, by correspondence
2006 Masters degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
2007 LOGTECH Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2009 Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2011 Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Region Six, Ga.
2011 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2011 Public Policy Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2012 Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2014 LOGTECH Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2015 AFSO21 Executive Leaders Course, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2016 China, the Middle East and Europe-NATO Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
1. October 1989 – March 1990, student, Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officers Course, Chanute AFB, Ill.
2. March 1990 - August 1992, Officer in Charge, Avionics Branch, 354th Component Repair Squadron, and later, Weapons Flight Officer in Charge, Assistant Officer in Charge, and Officer in Charge, 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C.
3. August 1992 - October 1993, Assistant Sortie Generation Flight Commander, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
4. October 1993 - July 1995, Munitions Flight Commander, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
5. July 1995 – October 1996, Command Program Manager, Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
6. October 1996 – January 1999, Thunderbird Maintenance Officer, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds,” Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. January 1999 – July 1999, Chief, Nellis Air Force Base Command Post, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. July 1999 – June 2000, student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I.
9. June 2000 – June 2001, Congressional Liaison Officer, Office of Legislative Liaison, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. June 2001 – May 2002, Chief, Legislative Liaison, Air Force Executive Issues Team, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. May 2002 – June 2003, Commander, 57th Component Repair (later Maintenance) Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
12. June 2003 – July 2005, Commander, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
13. July 2005 – June 2006, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2006 – March 2007, Assistant Director of Business Development, Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Va.
15. April 2007 – July 2007, Director of Business Development, Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Va.
16. July 2007 - June 2008, Provisional Commander, DLA-Richmond Operating Locations, Ogden ALC, Oklahoma City ALC, and Warner Robins ALC, Defense Supply Center-Richmond, Va.
17. June 2008 – June 2009, Commander, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group, Southwest Asia
18. July 2009 – June 2011, Commander, 78th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, Robins AFB, Ga.
19. July 2011 – March 2012, Associate Director of Resource Integration “A4/7 Engine Room,” Directorate of Resource Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
20. March 2012 – June 2012, Deputy Director, Resource Integration, Directorate of Resource Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
21. June 2012 – April 2014, Director of Logistics, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
22. April 2014 – September 2014, Director of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
23. September 2014 – August 2015, Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill AFB, Utah
24. September 2015 – November 2017, Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
25. November 2017 – present, Special Assistant to COMACC, Headquarters Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2006 – June 2008, Assistant Director, then Director of Business Development, then Provisional Commander, DLA-WR, OC & OO (BRAC SS&D), Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. June 2012 – May 2013, Director of Logistics, Joint Task Force 519, U.S. Pacific Command, Makalapa, Hawaii, as a colonel
1994 U.S. Air Force Lt. General Leo Marquez Outstanding CGO Munitions Maintenance Officer of the Year
2003 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Valdosta State University, Ga.
2004 ACC Maintenance Effectiveness Award (fighter aircraft category) as Squadron Commander
2005 U.S. Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award (fighter aircraft category) as Squadron Commander
2010 AFMC nominee for General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award
1995 Acquisition Professional Development Program Level One in Program Management
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 13, 1989
First Lieutenant Aug. 13, 1991
Captain Aug. 13, 1993
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2003
Colonel Jan. 1, 2007
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2013
(Current as of July 2018)