Rear Admiral Jack E. Buffington, who lived most of his life in Westville, Oklahoma, completed a 34-year career in the United States Navy, and held such key national commands as head of the Navy Seabees, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Chief of the Civil Engineer Corps. Early in his career he served many assignments in the Seabees, becoming commander of the Second Brigade in the Atlantic Fleet Seabees, and later the Third Brigade in the Pacific Coast Seabees.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal and Vietnamese Medal of Merit. He is author of numerous professional and technical papers dealing with engineering subjects. He is currently director of the Mack Blackwell National Rural Transportation Study Center at the University of Arkansas.