A native of Brooklyn, New York, Commander John Buser graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder in December 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Following college, he attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned an Ensign. He was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1999, graduating advanced flight school as the #1 Naval Graduate for that year.
In July 2000, Commander Buser reported to the Patrol Squadron 26 “Tridents” in Brunswick, Maine for his first operational tour. As a member of Team Trident, he completed two full east coast deployments and experienced a diverse set of operations ranging from elite “BEARTRAP” missions north of the Arctic Circle to Counter Drug Interdiction missions south of the equator.
In March 2003, he was selected for Instructor Pilot duty at the Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Florida. He served in various capacities, including the squadron’s Pilot Training Officer. His tour with the “Pro’s” was extremely rewarding, building bonds with friends and peers that endure today.
In August 2005, he was selected as the Flag Aide to Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet. As the leader of the Admiral’s travel team, he helped plan and execute Theater Security Cooperation engagements to 11 countries and 35 cities across the Asia-Pacific region.
In August 2007, Commander Buser reported to the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for his Department Head tour. His tour was highlighted by a nine-month stint as the squadron’s senior pilot.
In November 2009, he reported to the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. As a member of the Europe/NATO/Russia office, he provided policy inputs to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on all matters relating to Central and Eastern Europe.
Most recently, Commander Buser attended the senior course at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating with highest distinction and was the recipient of the President’s Honor Graduate Award. In July 2013, he reported to Scientific Development Squadron ONE as the Executive Officer.
Commander Buser is a Joint Qualified Officer with over 2200 flight hours and has attained every advanced qualification for a P-3C aviator. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (3rd Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and various unit and campaign awards.