CSM Micheal L. Buxbaum (U.S. Army, Retired)

December 31, 1959November 9, 2013

Command Sergeant Major Micheal L. Buxbaum, (U.S. Army Retired) Former Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Command Sergeant Major (U.S. Army, retired) Micheal L. Buxbaum, passed away in his sleep on Nov. 9, 2013, while in Afghanistan, where he was working as a contractor supporting deployed soldiers, his lifelong calling.

Mike was born Dec. 31, 1959, to Don and Barbara Buxbaum of Manitowoc, WI. He spent his childhood and formative years in Wisconsin., where he spent time with his family, and particularly enjoyed fishing at Tomahawk with his father. He was an avid wrestler in school and loved having fun with his wrestling buddies. After graduating from Lincoln High School’s Class of 1978, he entered the Army under the buddy system with his best friend, Dale Hietpas.

In 1982, Mike married the love of his life, Roberta Reiter Buxbaum (Bobby), and they shared a long and happy marriage full of worldwide adventures and a love for Harley Davidson that was never more evident than by their regular participation in the American Legion Legacy Ride. Together, and with great joy, they raised two wonderful daughters, Katie and Christina, of whom Mike was an incredibly proud father.

Mike served his country with distinction for 33 years. Achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major, Mike was stationed throughout the United States and overseas during his career. He served in virtually every leadership position in the Army, from Team Leader to Brigade CSM. He deployed to hostile locations multiple times with combat tours in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the early 1990s, Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 in 2003, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. He was also deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo in the late 1990s. He retired in June 2012, as the 10th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Most recently he was employed by Exelis Systems Corporation, a defense services company supporting U. S. Forces. All who had the privilege to know and work with Mike knew him as a passionate advocate for the Army, his soldiers, and Corps of Engineers civilians, a legacy that will live on in the people he touched and mentored throughout his life. Mike is also survived by his parents, Don and Barbara Buxbaum of Wisconsin; sisters and brothers-in-law Susan and Scott Esson, and JoAnn and Joe Hall, and sister Kathy Buxbaum Williams, all of Wisconsin; sister-in-law Cyndi Sanford of California and brother-in-law Ron Reiter of Indiana; many nieces and nephews; his loyal pet Breacher; and all of his Army friends and family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Legion Legacy Fund, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, are appreciated. Please indicate, “In memory of CSM Micheal L. Buxbaum” in the check memo line.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 17, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, November 17, 2013

CSM Micheal L. Buxbaum (U.S. Army, Retired)

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Marlon Carrington

November 12, 2017

My condolences to a beautiful family. I was among many NCO's that served in the 41st Engineer Battalion (Sappers Forward!!) under Mike's genuine leadership. By far one of the kindest opened hearted people serving in uniform, I have served with. Also, I had the privilege of serving again with Mike in Hanau, Germany with the 130th Engineer Brigade. Prior to his taking over as CSM of the 130th Engineers, I crossed paths with Mike once more but this time in Tikrit, Iraq. I was met with a strong handshake and hug and a fancy meeting you here Sergeant. I will always remember him smiling and having a coffee mug. Always remembered never forgotten Command Sergeant Major, your a beautiful person and it was more than an honor to have met you.

July 9, 2014

Today it is 8 months since you went home to Heaven. There isn't a day that goes by you are not missed and talked about. Love you son

May 24, 2014

We'll this is the first Memorial Day that I will need to take care of your grave. For years I have done it here at home for all the family, but you are as far way. I can't visit you but. you will be I my heart as always. Love you son and miss you.

jeff madison

March 22, 2014

I knew mike while serving with him in hanau Germany delta co. 23rd engr. He inspired me to become a strong nco and will never forget that. Hoo rah delta dawgs you will be missed

February 26, 2014

Miss you everday son.

February 26, 2014

Miss you everyday son.

Damon Knarr MAJ, USA

February 25, 2014

I am truly sorry for your loss and all of my best are with you and your family duering this time

February 8, 2014

Of all the soldiers that my husband had the privilege to work alongside, Mike was #1. We shared a lot of life together and we will miss our longtime friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby, the girls, and all of Mike's family. He was such a great example to so many. We are richer in our lives for having known him! Margene and 1st Sgt (Ret) Phil Benton.

February 1, 2014

Not a day goes by that I don't miss you, think about you, or tell someone about you. Love you so much!

Anne-Marie Irish

January 28, 2014

My husband and I were better off for having known you. Thank you for all the fun and joy you brought to all our lives. Much thanks and love sent your way for making sure my husband was always taken care of in Germany. Rest In Peace, our dear friend. Our thoughts are with your family now. We will forever remember you with a big smile.