Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Slater City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, The Special Warrior Foundation, ALS Association or The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Born Aug. 5, 1947, in Slater, he was the son of the late Freddie and Daisy Harris Buhrkuhl. He married Bonnie Bruce, who survives of the home.
He was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and attained the rank of colonel. He was the Chief Financial Officer and Director for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., where he retired in October 2008. He served as the principal financial adviser to the USSOCOM Commander; was responsible for the budgeting, allocation and execution of over $21 billion in active funding across USSOCOM's four appropriations lines; and the leadership and management of 167 Financial Management Center employees. From 2004 to 2007 he served as the first director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC) at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for leading 26 General Officers/Flag Officers/SES personnel in addressing the Immediate Warfighter Needs (IWNs) of the ten Combatant Commands. During his tenure, the JRAC successfully addressed 29 IWNs valued in excess of $381 million and exercised the JRAC's authority to expedite the reprogramming of over $400 million for 16 classified programs identified as IWNs. The JRAC streamlined the normal lengthy acquisition process to ensure that U.S. commanders who engaged in combat were rapidly equipped with state-of-the-art technology as quickly as possible. Dr. Buhrkuhl and his staff made frequent visits to the Walter Reed Medical Hospital to speak with our wounded soldiers to glean relevant information regarding how to counter the IEDs.
He graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and political science, having served as ROTC Cadet Corps Commander and being recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 2009. He obtained a master's degree in business administration from the University in 1971 and went on to earn a doctorate at St. Louis University in 1980 in public policy analysis and administration.
He was a member of the Salem-in-Ladue United Methodist Church in St. Louis. He was a member of the American Legion Post #78 in Slater.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brad, and a brother, Tom Buhrkuhl of Bourbon.
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