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Citadel News Service

For Release
Oct. 27, 2003


1985 graduate killed in Iraq

          Charles Henry Buehring, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, this week became the fourth Citadel graduate to die in connection with the war on terror in Iraq.  

Lt. Col. Charles "Chad" H. Buehring in his official U.S. Army photo.

        Buehring, who turned 40 on Oct. 6, was killed in the Sunday, Oct. 26, attack on the Al-Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad. Fifteen others were injured when rockets crashed into the hotel early Sunday morning.

          Buehring was assigned to Army Central Command Headquarters, Fort McPherson, Ga.

          "Chad was a pretty normal cadet," said longtime family friend Bill Nichols, Class of '73. "He will be sorely missed by his classmates and fellow serving officers."

          Born in Orange, Texas, but from Casselberry, Fla., Buehring was a member of Mike Company while at The Citadel. He graduated in 1985 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He went on to get his master's in 1994 from Troy State University.

          Buehring had been deployed in Iraq for the last nine months working with Psychological Operations for the land forces.

Buehring as shown in his 1985 senior photo.

          Upon his graduation from The Citadel in August 1985, Buehring was commissioned into the Army. His first assignment was as an infantry officer with the 10th Mountain Division in Ft. Drum, N.Y. From there he went to selection
with Special Forces where he served in assignments in Southern Africa and Somalia. He commanded the company that trained Special Ops Medics at Ft. Bragg. He later transitioned to PSYOPS under Special Warfare at Ft. Bragg.

          Buehring attended the Air Force Command and General Staff College and was assigned to Fort McPherson in Atlanta. Before he started his new job, however, he was sent to Kuwait to support the Iraq invasion. He was Ranger qualified and held the triple canopy of Ranger, Special Forces and Airborne.

          His awards include the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

          His wife, Alicia, whom he married in August 1987 in Summerall Chapel, and his two sons, Andrew, 9, and Nick, 12, survive.

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