Major Buckner Biography


Major Harry S. Buckner III is the Recruiting Officer for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 390, at the University of Michigan. As the Recruiting Officer, Maj Buckner is responsible for recruiting, retaining and developing officer candidates into leaders and commissioned officers in the US Air Force.

Major Buckner earned his commission through the Airman Education and Commissioning Program (AECP) at Arizona State University and Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Upon commission, Major Buckner worked on various projects as a Rocket Sled Data Engineer and Project Manager. In addition, he was responsible for tactics, development, and evaluations for the COMPASS CALL EC-130H and Combat Search and Rescue HC-130J platforms. As an Education with Industry Fellow, Major Buckner assisted with Proctor and Gamble’s database cloud migration. As a Special Operation Force and Rotary Wing test manager, he served as the division’s single point of contact and crafted test plans and strategies.


2003 Airman Leadership School, Aviano Air Base, Italy
2007 Associate of Applied Science Information Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force 2007 Associate of Applied Science Criminal Justice, CCAF
2008 Associate of Arts, University of Maryland University College
2012 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

2015 Master of Science, Industrial Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

2019 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama


  1. August 1998 – March 2002, Response Force Leader, 99th Security Support Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, NV
  2. March 2002 – March 2004, Assistant Flight Sergeant, 831st Munitions Support Squadron, Ghedi Air Base, Italy
  3. March 2004 – March 2006, NCO in Charge, Commander Support Staff, 9th Munitions Squadron, Beale AFB, CA
  4. March 2006 – August 2009, NCO in Charge, Training Wing Information Manager, NATO AWACS E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany
  5. August 2009 – May 2012, Student, Arizona State University Detachment 025, Phoenix, AZ
  6. May 2012 – August 2012, Student, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
  7. August 2012 – February 2016, Rocket Sled Project Manager, 846th Test Squadron, Holloman AFB, NM
  8. February 2016 – July 2018, EC-130H/HC-130J Test Engineer, 59 Test and Evaluation Squadron, Operating Location Bravo, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  9. July 2018 – July 2019, Education With Industry Fellow, Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
  10. July 2019 – July 2021, Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery and Rotary Wing Division Test Manager, Robins AFB, GA
  11. July 2021 – May 2022, Radar Warning Receiver ALR-56M Program Manager, Robins AFB, GA
  12. May 2022- Current, Recruiting Officer, AFROTC Detachment 390, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak leaf clusters
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal

31 Aug 2012  Second Lieutenant
31 Aug 2014    First Lieutenant
31 Aug 2016   Captain
1 May 2022   Major

(Current as of May 2022)