Heather Bueter


CMSgt (Ret) Heather L. Bueter served on active duty for 25 years, spending 23 of those years in Air Force Special Operations Command. Chief Bueter began her career as an HC-130P crew chief at McClellan Air Force Base in California, but after coming to Hurlburt Field in 1987 as an AC-130H “Spectre” Gunship crew chief, she never left the Panhandle again. She progressed through the ranks, working in the 16 th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) on AC- 130H aircraft, the 4 th AMU on AC-130U “Spooky” Gunships, the 716 th Maintenance Squadron at Duke Field on MC-130E (Talon I) and at Eglin AFB in the 1 st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron managing the fleet of MC-130P aircraft.
As a crew chief, Chief Bueter supported numerous contingencies including Operations Deny Flight (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Uphold Democracy (Haiti) . As a leader, after 9/11, she deployed six times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Her last assignment prior to retirement in 2010, was a 365-day deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as the 1st Expeditionary Special Operations Maintenance Squadron Superintendent – leading 286 maintainers to support multiple AC-130H, AC-130U, MC-30H, MC-130P and CV-22 aircraft directly engaged in combat missions. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, three AF Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, nine Outstanding Unit Awards with Valor, and three NATO service Medals.
She was elected to the Air Commando Association Board of Directors on December 7, 2018.

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