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Edwin Louis Buffington | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Col. Edwin L. Buffington

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Col. Edwin Louis Buffington, Jr. US Army Retired, orignally of Ashdown, Arkansas, began his distinguished 32 year military career as a commissioned 2nd Lt in the ROTC program of Ouachita Baptist University, graduating as its' Distinguished Military Graduate. 

  During his career, he served in numerous key commands and staff postions including the 101st. Airborne Division and the US Military Academy, West Point,NY.  As a LtCol, he commanded a 440 Soldier support battalion supporting the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and led the battalion into combat during Desert Storm/Shield. As a Col., he commanded the Army's largest, most diverse, Corps Support Group consisting of over 2,400 Soldiers, providing logistical support to the US forces throughout the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, as well as providing logistic support to Joint Task Force-Full Accounting and the Central Indentification Lab-Hawaii, in their mission to recover and identify POW/MIA remains from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. 

   Following Brigade command, he served as Deputy Commander of 1st Corps Support Command, Airborne,  and then as Commandant and Joint Service Element Commander at Headquarters, responsible for training, administration, and welfare of over 1400 service members in Europe, Africa, and Middle East. 

    Retiring from the Army in 2002, Mr. Buffington was employed the US European Command to assist in implemeting the Parnership for Peace (PFP) program, a NATO program aimed at creating trust between member nations and other countries in Europe including the post-Soviet countries. Upon retirement from CIvil Service as a GS 14, he was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award. 

  He is a lifetime Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Association of the United States Army, and American Legion. Col. Buffington's entire life has been devoted to serving his Country and fellow Veterans. His Distinguished military and post-military careers made a notable impact toward our Countrys' national securit interest, defense rediness, and were on the forefront of partner nation building efforts throughout Europe, Africa, and Israel.

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Col. Edwin Louis Buffington, US Army Retired, Little Rock, Arkansas. His military awards include; Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, (2 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, (5 awards),  Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, (2 awards), Hmanitarian Service Medal, (2 awards), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge

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