Robert “Bob” Buehn
Robert "Bob" Buehn
Bob Buehn serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board. He is a retired Navy Captain and is Director of the University of North Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center. He is an adjunct professor for the US Naval War College and teaches a graduate seminar in National Security Affairs. He was formerly Chief of Military Affairs for the City of Jacksonville in the administration of Mayor John Peyton, and later managed a logistics and transportation contract for the Defense Logistics Agency at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in October 2011 as Florida Commissioner to the Interstate Compact regarding education for military children.
He retired from a 30-year career in the US Navy in March, 2008. His career included command of VS-32, at NAS Cecil Field, command of US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he also served as Deputy Joint Task Force Commander, and command of Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at NAS Jacksonville. Capt Buehn also served as Chief of Staff for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Strike Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had previously deployed aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59) in support of Desert Storm, and also served as Executive Officer of USS Constellation (CV-64). As a Naval Aviator he flew more than 5,000 hours in Navy aircraft, primarily the S-3 Viking carrier-based antisubmarine warfare jet. He logged nearly 900 carrier landings.
He is Chairman of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum board. He is also chair of the Community Hospice Veterans Partnership. He is immediate past chair of the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and past president of the Navy League Jacksonville Council. Capt. Buehn is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a BS in Journalism and the US Naval War College, with a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies. He has two sons who are both naval officers.