Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC, a consulting business focused on the aerospace and defense industries in the areas of logistics, maintenance, technology, SBIR, sustainment, modernization, and supply. He retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General (Brig Gen) in 2018.
Carl previously served as a major command director of logistics, engineering, and force protection at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii from 2012 to 2014. He also served at Headquarters, Air Combat Command (ACC) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia from 2015 to 2017, where he oversaw a staff of nearly 300 in 12 divisions and was responsible for ACC’s force protection, civil engineering, transportation, supply, maintenance, and munitions functions. In this role, Carl Buhler was tasked with guiding Air Combat Command’s infrastructure investment program and ensuring security force units were combat-ready for rapid employment/deployment.
Prior to his ACC assignment, Carl Buhler was the commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Over the course of nearly 30 years in the military, his 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 a pair of awards for maintenance effectiveness in the fighter aircraft category.
Buhler has 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 master’s degrees in human relations, national security and strategic studies, and national resource strategy and has completed leadership courses at the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, the University of Tennessee, and Harvard University.