Ben Buehler-Garcia never served in the military or carried a badge. This is why he considers it his duty to support those who have.
For nearly three decades he has volunteered with several initiatives to support military and first responder families including the Tucson Chamber Military Affairs Committee, the 9/11 Never Forgotten Tower Challenge Foundation, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, USS Tucson 770 Club, the Tucson Community Cares Foundation, Honorary Commander for the 12th Air Force/Air Forces South and is the Arizona Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation.
DFC Society Members Interviewed
Major General Don Shepperd
January 25, 2015 - “MISTY FORWARD AIR CONTROLLERS OVER VIETNAM” – MAJ. GEN. DON SHEPPERD – FRIDAY PILOTS
A small group of volunteers flew very dangerous Forward Air Control missions over North Vietnam in F-100 Super Sabre aircraft. 28% were shot down, some twice.
April 10, 2016 - ASTRONAUT JIM MCDIVITT – “CAREER LIMITING CAPERS”
Astronaut Jim McDivitt’s path toward being the 20th man in space was a circuitous one..including 145 combat missions in Korea and a Colonel who called him a “traitor” for leaving the Air Force to go to NASA.
June 5, 2016 - THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS SOCIETY
Martin Lenzini was awarded FOUR DFC’s during a 13 month tour of duty as a Marine pilot in Vietnam. One of these close air support missions epitomized the word “close” when he dropped bombs with pinpoint accuracy within 80 yards of friendly forces.
July 19, 2022 - ROSS DETWILER – DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
Three time DFC recipient Ross Detwiler and his fellow “Misty” pilots volunteered to fly some of the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War. Twenty two percent of the forward air controllers were shot down. Ross was among them.
September 18, 2022 - COBRA GUNSHIP PILOT LEW JENNINGS
Lew describes some of the more heroic and tragic missions of his time in combat. These included one pilot who climbed out of the cockpit while airborne to kick lose a misfired rocket. One of my favorites was a mission with Eddy “Mad Bomber” Joiner.