CRASH AND BURN - IN RARE MOVE, AIR FORCE
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Something like this only happens once in a blue moon. An Air Force flag officer has been fired from a very high-profile post at the Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
Brig. Gen. Carl Buhler, director of engineering, logistics and force protection at ACA, got the boot earlier this week. He is a 28 year USAF veteran, entering the Air Force in 1989 through the ROTC upon his graduation from Valdosta State College, Georgia.
The one-star had been under investigation after anonymous complaints found their way to the top brass. An ACA public affairs officer told us Buhler had "failed to establish and maintain a healthy command climate." He was also accused of "misusing his subordinates' time, abusing his authority to reassign staff, and violating officer travel regulations."
Buhler assumed command in Sept. 2015 after a tour of duty as commanding officer of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB in Utah. Prior to that, the one-time "golden boy" was a hotshot pilot and member of the famed Air Force demonstration team, "The Thunderbirds."
It is safe to say the general's career has come to a screeching halt and he will be putting in his retirement papers very soon.