MSgt. Gary G. Abbuhl Jr. has ended his career having served the Air Force for more than 22 years.
MSgtt. Abbuhl graduated from Newcomerstown High School in 1989 then entered the Air Force on Sept. 13 of that same year. MSgt. Abbuhl then attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, graduating as an Airman Basic. He then attended technical training at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo., where he graduated earning the three skill level in Armament Systems.
Throughout MSgt. Abbuhls career he was assigned to Hahn Air Base, Germany; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Memmingen Air Base, German; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; Kunsan Air Base, Korea; and Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
Throughout his career, he deployed seven times in support of the global war on terrorism, totaling more than three years. MSgt. Abbuhl retired from the Air Force in September 2011.
MSgt. Abbuhls greatest contribution to the United States Air Force is the legacy of his mission first attitude, his challenges of the traditional way of doing things and continuously finding better ways to maximize operational capabilities.
Over his 22 year career, he has received several awards and significant accomplishments. Some of those awards include, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement medal, Meritorious Unit Award, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, AF Good Conduct Medal with six oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one bronze star, and Kuwait Liberation Medal.
He is the son of Gary and Goldie Abbuhl of Newcomerstown.
He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Piedmont, S.D., with their two sons, Gavin, 4, and Granger, 3.