Staff Sgt. Buhain, a respiratory therapist, was activated as a medic and served in two combat zones from May 2004 to July 2005. Buhain was first sent to Iraq to treat the wounded. He spent a few months there, treating Coalition soldiers and insurgents alike. Buhain was then sent to Afghanistan in September to be the medical noncommissioned officer in charge of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. During his time there, Buhain built from scratch a respiratory school for Afghan medical students and an ICU in a hospital in Kandahar. He also trained more than 350 medical students in CPR, and took part in more than 150 missions, several of which were high risk. For his efforts in both countries, Buhain was awarded the Bronze Star in March 10, 2005.