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R.I.P Buffy

Alan "Buffy" Bufala was an amazing son, brother, friend and soldier. Let us open our hearts and help the family who raised him to be so. He was taken from us too soon but his legacy and laughter will live on forever.

by Brig. Gen. Mark D. Kelly
354 Fighter Wing commander

6/4/2013 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Senior Airman Alan Bufala, Tactical Air Control Party Airman with the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, died June 2 as a result of an off-duty vehicle mishap at Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

The 25th ASOS is part of the 1st Air Operations Support Group under the leadership of the 354th Fighter Wing.

Senior Airman Bufala was stationed at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. He was a standout Battlefield Airman amongst a squadron full of outstanding Warriors.

He deployed in 2011 to Regional Command-East, Afghanistan, for a 6-month tour. While engaged in the most kinetic and violent period of his deployment, he volunteered to extend another 6 months.

His Combat performance during numerous firefights led to his selection as Pacific Air Forces' 2011 Radio Operator Maintainer and Driver of the Year and PACAF's nominee for the Losano Award for the USAF's most outstanding TACP member.

I met Senior Airman "Buffy" Bufala at Wheeler AAF in 2012, and as we set out with the 25th ASOS Bushmasters for a hike amongst the hills of Leeward, Oahu. Although it was workout for me, Senior Airman Bufala was rucking with 50 pounds less gear and 5000 feet less elevation than his Operation Enduring Freedom standard -- so it was a leisurely stroll for him and the other TACP members. He was immensely proud of his profession, his unit, his Air Force and his nation. At age 21, this AF combat veteran possessed natural leadership, talent and maturity beyond his years and rank.

He will be honored at a 25th ASOS/Wheeler AAF memorial on June 10 and buried June 14 at Southern Nevada Veteran's Cemetery with full military honors.

Senior Airman Bufala grew up in an Air Force Family then joined the AF TACP family.

He was an American Airman and a Warrior who answered his Nation's Call. He will be sorely missed.

Alan's family will be receiving money but it will come at a later date.. The 25th ASOS is trying to raise donations to cover these expenses and present them to the family in Nevada Friday June 14th the day of the funeral.

Alan touched many hearts and will be forever loved and never forgotten. No donation is to small. For all he has done for us, it is the least we can do for his family.

Please open your hearts to help this incredible son, brother, friend, and soldier, and the family that raised him to be so.


I love you Alan and will forever have your laughter replaying through my heart strings.
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