A Wisconsin native and lifelong resident, Bob Buehler graduated from Germantown High School in 1977. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Administration in General Business with Law Emphasis and a Military Science Minor from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Bob also received his Army Reserve commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps (Tank/Automotive Material Management) in December 1981, through ROTC.
Bob had the privilege of serving in a variety of increased leadership and staff positions throughout his 30+ years of honorable service with the United States Army Reserve, including over 14 years of Active Duty. He entered Active Duty in January 1982, while first attending the Ordnance Officer Basic Course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
His follow-on Active-Duty assignments through August 1993 included placements at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; the Republic of South Korea; and the Rock Island Arsenal, IL. In January 1994, Bob transitioned from the Individual Ready Reserve to the Reserves with assignments in the 84thDivision in Milwaukee and the 2nd Battalion, 338th Regiment at Fort McCoy, and the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) in Darien, IL among others.
Colonel Buehler transferred into the Multi-Functional Support Command (MSFC) located at the Rock Island Arsenal and was mobilized for a one-year overseas tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (November 2008 to October 2009). While overseas, Bob served as an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Strategic Planner under the Commanding General of Army Material Command - South West Asia, assigned first under the 401stArmy Field Sustainment Brigade (AFSB) in Kuwait. He was then embedded within the G-4 of the Multi-National Forces Iraq (MNF-I) as an AMC Liaison for the 402ndAFSB, which was headquartered at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
Upon returning home in November 2009, Bob finished his career in the Army Reserves, serving as Deputy Commander of the Army Reserve Element, Joint Munitions Command Detachment 11 from January 2010 to December 2011 at Rock Island. Bob retired as a Colonel (Logistics Corps) on December 31, 2011.
Among Bob's many awards and decorations are the Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star) the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Campaign Star – Iraqi Sovereignty); the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and a 2009 inductee of the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe. He is also a Life Member of the Ordnance Corps Association and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
Bob moved to West Bend after leaving Active Duty in 1993 and joined the VFW in 1995, becoming a Life Member in 1996, originally because of his eligibility from service overseas in Korea. He is a Bronze Legacy Life member of VFW Post 1393 in West Bend, where he continues to serve as Post Commander. He is serving in his third consecutive term as District 6 Commander.
Bob and his wife Michele have two children and four grandchildren. He is employed at Rosti North America (formerly Plastic Components, Inc.) since 2007.