Carl Buhler began his extensive military career in 1989 after earning a BS in applied mathematics from Valdosta State College (now University), where he participated in the Air Force ROTC program. After completing Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, he graduated with his master’s degree in human relations from the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma. Carl Buhler has since earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Capitalizing on his formal education, Carl Buhler rose to the rank of brigadier general after completing logistics, aircraft maintenance, and munitions-related assignments at bases throughout South Korea, Germany, and the United States. While a squadron commander, he led his squadron to earn the Air Combat Command (ACC) Maintenance Effectiveness Award and the U.S. Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award.. Additionally, he served until recently as the director of logistics, engineering, and force protection at Headquarters, ACC at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. Other honors that Carl Buhler has accrued include the U.S. Air Force Lt. General Leo Marquez Outstanding CGO Munitions Maintenance Officer of the Year Award and with his wife, was the Air Force Materiel Command nominee for the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award.