Meet Our 2019 Keynote Speaker
Brigadier General Windsor S. “Shane” Buzza
Commanding General 91st Training Division
Brigadier General Shane Buzza is the Commanding General of the 91st Training Division in Fort Hunter Liggett, California. Prior to this July 2018 assignment, General Buzza served as the Deputy Commander of the 84th Training Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
General Buzza received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on 25 May 1988. His prior assignments include Chief of Staff of Pacific Training Division, Camp Parks, CA; Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade, Pacific Division, Lakewood, Colorado; multiple staff assignments with 5th Brigade, 75th Division from 2009 thru 2014; Battalion Commander, 3-356th Logistic Support Battalion (LSB), 402d FA Brigade, Division West, First Army from 2006-09; LSB Battalion S3 and S4 from 1999-2006; HHD Commander, 3rd Brigade, 91st Division (EX) 1997-99 and OPFOR Controller, Battle Projection Group, 1st Brigade, 91st Division (EX) 1995-97.
General Buzza’s Regular Army assignments include various positions with 7/15 Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division (Light) in Fort Ord, CA from 1988 thru 1991, including Battery Executive Officer (HHB and B Batteries), Supply/Maintenance Platoon Leader, B Battery Fire Direction Officer (deployed in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama from November 1989 thru January 1990) and Company Fire Support Officer. He transitioned from the Regular Army to the U.S. Army Reserve in 1991. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he served two stateside tours totaling 44 months. He has served in Japan during Yama Sakura 67 and the Republic of Korea nine times supporting Ulchi Freedom Guardian, Key Resolve and Dong Maeng exercises.
General Buzza attended Airborne School in the summer of 1986 while a Second Class Cadet at the Military Academy, then proceeded to Augsberg, Germany where he earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in bronze while on a multi-national exercise with the Federal Republic of Germany’s 565 Panzer Artillerie Battalion. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from West Point, Master of Physical Therapy and Master of Arts in Physical Education degrees from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. His military education includes Field and Cannon Artillery Officer Basic Courses, Advanced Course (Honor Graduate), Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, the U.S. Army War College, Department of Distance Education and the Panama Jungle Warfare Course.
General Buzza’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Parachutist Badge.
General Buzza is a licensed and practicing physical therapist in Carmel Valley, California, where he and his wife Beth of 25 years, a certified personal trainer and masseuse, reside with their two sons Jacob and Zac. His hobbies include running marathons and triathlons.