Carl Buhler has served twice as an Air Force major command (MAJCOM) director of logistics, engineering, and force protection. His first MAJCOM director position was at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from 2012 to 2014. Most recently, from 2015 to 2017, he served as a director at Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. In this role, he oversaw a staff of nearly 300 personnel in 12 divisions, plus nearly 300 Air Force Engineering and Technical Services (AFETS) personnel stationed around the globe. He was responsible for ACC’s logistics, transportation, supply, aircraft maintenance, munitions, force protection, and civil engineering functions and supported a variety of aircraft, like the A-10, F-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-22, F-35, MQ-1/9, RQ-4, U-2, E-3/-8/-9, RC/OC/WC-135, P-9A, E/HC-130, and HH-60 aircraft. He also worked with various staff agencies, MAJCOMs, the inspector general, and wings to increase sortie production, sortie generation & readiness. Additionally, Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Carl Buhler guided Air Combat Command’s infrastructure investment program and ensured security force units were combat-ready for rapid employment and deployment.
Prior to his ACC assignment, Brig Gen Carl Buhler was the commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. As commander, he led a team of approximately 7,500 personnel to perform depot repair, overhaul, and modification of the A-10, C-130, F-16, F-22, F-35 and T-38 aircraft, the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system, and a wide range of commodities. These commodities included landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket motors, air munitions and guided bombs, photonics equipment, training devices, software, electronics, avionics, instruments, hydraulics, power systems and other aerospace components. His responsibilities extended to maintenance operations at remote sites in Japan, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, California, Florida, and ICBM wings located in Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana.
Over the course of nearly 30 years in the military, Carl’s various roles included serving as commander at bases in Georgia and Southwest Asia, deploying in support of the ceasefire phase of Operation Desert Storm, and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and serving as the maintenance officer for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds.” Furthermore, he was recognized as the U.S. Air Force Lt. General Leo Marquez Outstanding CGO Munitions Maintenance Officer of the Year and led his unit to earn the Air Combat Command Maintenance Effectiveness Award in 2004, plus the Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award in 2005, both for maintenance effectiveness in the fighter aircraft category.
Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Valdosta State College (now University), where he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2003. He also holds three master’s degrees — in human relations, national security and strategic studies, and national resource strategy. Brig Gen Carl Buhler has completed various executive courses at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, the University of Tennessee, and Harvard University.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching NFL, ACC, and SEC football, spending time with his family, hiking, computers, and reading military & general history books. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan — 2018 is going to be a bright season for sure!