The newest boat in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo fleet will be named in honor of the Corps’ late Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Buxbaum during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon aboard the USS Little Rock at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.
Buxbaum’s widow, Roberta, and daughters, Katie and Christina, are expected to attend the 2 p.m. ceremony. Also scheduled to appear are Jo-Ellen Darcy, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for civil works; Maj. Gen. Richard L. Stevens from the Corps of Engineers’ headquarters; division commander Brig. Gen. Richard Kaiser and Lt. Col. Karl Jansen, commander of the Buffalo District.
The Buxbaum will join the Corps of Engineers’ “high-tech hydrographic survey fleet” in Buffalo, according to local Corps’ officials.
Buxbaum was 53 when he died in his sleep while working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan in November 2013. He was a decorated combat veteran with 33 years of service in the U.S. Armed Forces that included service in both Iraq wars.
Buxbaum is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.