Brigadier General Windsor S. “Shane” Buzza
Eight Army Chief of Staff (Wartime)
Brigadier General Shane Buzza is the Wartime Chief of Staff for Eighth Army, Camp Humphreys, Republic of South Korea. Prior to this assignment, General Buzza served as the 21st Commanding General of 91st Training Division in Fort Hunter Liggett, California and the Deputy Commanding General of 84th Training Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
General Buzza received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on 25 May 1988. His prior assignments include Chief of Staff of Pacific Training Division, Camp Parks, CA; Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade, Pacific Division, Lakewood, Colorado; multiple staff assignments with 5th Brigade, 75th Division from 2009 thru 2014; Battalion Commander, 3-356th Logistic Support Battalion (LSB), 402d FA Brigade, Division West, First Army from 2006-09; LSB Battalion S3 and S4 from 1999-2006; HHD Commander, 3rd Brigade, 91st Division (EX) 1997-99 and OPFOR Controller, Battle Projection Group, 1st Brigade, 91st Division (EX) 1995-97.
General Buzza’s Regular Army assignments include various positions with 7/15 Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division (Light) in Fort Ord, CA from 1988 thru 1991, including Battery Executive Officer (HHB and B Batteries), Supply/Maintenance Platoon Leader, Battery Fire Direction Officer (deployed in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama from November 1989 thru January 1990) and Company Fire Support Officer. He transitioned from the Regular Army to the U.S. Army Reserve in 1991. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he served two stateside tours totaling 44 months. He has served in Japan during Yama Sakura 67 and the Republic of Korea 11 times supporting theater-level training events since August 2013.
General Buzza attended Airborne School in the summer of 1986 while a Second Class Cadet at the Military Academy, then proceeded to Augsberg, Germany where he earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in bronze while on a multi-national exercise with the Federal Republic of Germany’s 565 Panzer Artillerie Battalion. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from West Point, Master of Physical Therapy and Master of Arts in Physical Education degrees from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. His military education includes Panama Jungle Warfare Course, Field and Cannon Artillery Officer Basic Courses, Advanced Course (Honor Graduate), Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, the U.S. Army War College (Department of Distance Education), Army Strategic Education Program – Basic, and the National Defense University CAPSTONE course.
General Buzza’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Parachutist Badge.
BG Buzza and his wife have two sons.