LTC Santiago Bueno USA, Retired
Saint Mary's University - B.A.
Air Command and Staff College - M.S.
Commandant of Cadets, LTC Santiago G. Bueno, IIILTC Bueno LTC Santiago G. Bueno III was born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Saint Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas) and was commissioned as an Armor Officer in May 1993.
After completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course, he joined the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 2nd Armored Division (then 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division) at Fort Hood, Texas. During the three and a half years at Fort Hood, he served as a M1A1 Tank Platoon Leader from April 1994 - August 1995, Scout Platoon Leader from August 1995 – June 1996, Troop Executive Officer from June 1996 - March 1997 and Squadron Maintenance Officer from March 1997 to October 1997.
After completing the Armor Officer Advanced Course in April 1998, he was assigned as the assistant Brigade Training Officer in the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, The Devil Brigade. He held that position until January 2000 when he was assigned as Commander, D Troop, 4th Cavalry.
In April 2001, LTC Bueno was nominated and selected for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Internship Program. He served as an Action Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs, African Affairs Office. In July 2002, He served his second year of his internship in the Directorate of Collective Training, Headquarters, Department of the Army.
After completing a year at the US Air Force Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama in August 2004, LTC Bueno was assigned to the US Army European Command. He served as a plans officer in the USAREUR Future Operations Division, G3. In July 2004, LTC Bueno became the Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor in Baumholder, Germany. He deployed to Kuwait and eventually Ramadi, Iraq with Task Force 1-35 in November 2005. In July 2006, he became the Logistics Officer (S-4) for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Bagdad, Iraq.
Upon returning to the United States in July 2007, LTC Bueno became the South East Regional Support Team Chief at Joint Task Force North, Fort Bliss Texas. In August 2010, LTC Bueno was named the 31st Professor of Military Science at North Dakota University in Fargo, North Dakota. He served in that position until July 2013.
In July 2013, LTC Bueno became the Executive Officer for the Commanding General, US Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, KY. In February 2014, LTC Bueno was named the Executive Officer of 1st Brigade, US Army Cadet Command. In July 2014, LTC Bueno became the Commandant of Cadets at TMI Episcopal.
His military education as an officer includes: Armor Officer Basic and Advance Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3), Air Force Command and Staff College, Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) Joint Professional Military Education – Phase II (JPME-II), US Army Airborne School, Scout Platoon Leaders Course and the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course.
LTC Bueno earned a Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science with a concentration in Logistical Operations from the US Air Force Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
LTC Bueno’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal (1OLC), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. LTC Bueno is also authorized to wear the 1st Armor Division Combat Service Identification Badge, the Order of Saint George Medal and Order of Saint Barbara Medal.
LTC Bueno is married to the former Honey Diebel of San Antonio, Texas, and they have a daughter, Shelby, and a son, Santiago IV.