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A Louisiana native, Colonel Buller began his military career in the enlisted ranks in 1982 as a Medical Laboratory Specialist. In 1985, he left active duty and entered the Louisiana Army National Guard while completing his undergraduate studies. During his undergraduate training, he concurrently attended Officer Candidate School at the Louisiana State Military Academy, where he was the distinguished honor graduate, followed by completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His first assignment as a military officer was as a pla¬toon leader with C Co., 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment.

After earning his medical degree, Colonel Buller completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, followed by a three-year fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

He then served as the Chief of Urogynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2003, he deployed with the 801st Combat Support Hospital in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving as the Division Surgeon for the 1st Armored Division from 2006 to 2009, Colo¬nel Buller again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Multi-National Division-North Surgeon.

Colonel Buller, as an associate professor, served as the Director of the Telerobotics and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Program and the OB/GYN Director of Simulation Education at Uniformed Services University, until June 2011. At USU, he was the Program Director for the National Capital Consortiums Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and also later served as Assistant Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After a one-year tour as the Command Surgeon for the National Defense University, Colonel Buller completed senior service college at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. He subsequently was assigned as the Director, Directorate of Communications, Office of The Surgeon General and the U.S. Army Medical Command from July 2013 to May 2015 and as the Executive Officer to the Army Surgeon General from May 2015 to February 2016. From March 2016 to June 2018 he served as Brigade Commander, Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland, a DoD organiza¬tion with over 1,500 Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Public Health Service personnel.

As Brigade Commander he was the senior active duty military officer and principal military advisor to the President of the University and the Deans of the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing and Post-Graduate Dental College. He partnered with academic faculty on all matters of military affairs to ensure optimal development of U.S. and international students as military medical leaders.

Colonel Buller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana; Doctor of Medicine degree, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Master of Business Administration degree in medical services management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; and a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC

His awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Combat Action Badge, and the Expert Field Medical Badge.

Colonel Buller also earned the “A” Proficiency Designator, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Order of Military Medical Merit, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General. His professional memberships and associations are: Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives, and Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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