Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Technical Sergeant Robert Bruce Butler

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, January 10, 1998

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Reflections for Technical Sergeant Robert Bruce Butler

R.IP. I worked with your father in the Traffic Division. Great worker. On the anniversary of your death. Gone but not forgotten.

Theodore Thomas P/O
Philadelphia Police Department

March 31, 2018

RIP Brother! You stood your watch and served with honor. We have the watch now. Gone but never forgotten! Our prayers to family and friends on this anniversary of your loss.

MSgt Rocky J. D'Adamo
Retired USAF SP/LE (1971-1998)

January 10, 2018

Remembering TSgt Butler on this memorial day, 2017. I was blessed to have had him as one of my first role models at my first duty station, Kadena AB, Japan.
Blessed are the peace keepers.

Rhonda Battles (aka Stevens / Cruz)
Former USAF SP/SF (1989-2004)

May 29, 2017

This is very sad. Although I've been retired, I was stationed at Edwards for Twelve years, and take him as my brother. I will pray for him and his family.

anthony minadeo, MSgt Ret
USAF Security Forces 650th SPS EAFB

May 16, 2017

Hello, If there are any family members on this page can you please contact me I would like to Ride in Honor of your loved one in this years Police Unity Tour.

MSgt David Tingle

February 20, 2017

We appreciate and will always remember TSgt Butler's dedication and devotion to duty, and we are deeply saddened by his sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers will continue for his family (as well as for all of those still serving).

SMSgt Dan McFarland (Retired)
USAF Law Enforcement Supervisor

January 7, 2017

I was stationed at Edwards AFB, CA, assigned to the 412th EMS during this time. I remember hearing the terrible news that day like it was yesterday. I did not know TSgt Butler personally, but losing a fellow brother in arms is never easy for any of us. I was also a member of the Blue Eagles Honor Guard Team during this time and was chosen to be the lead trumpet during the echo TAPS that we played for his memorial, out in front of the hangar on the Edwards flight line several days after his passing. I had played TAPS many times before during military funeral honors all over southern California for our fallen hero's, but never had a ceremony like the one for TSgt Butler, have such a moving effect on me. It was very beautiful and peacefully calming.
Out of the many things I've done during my military career, this event stands out for me and I am so very honored to have been a part of this moment in time.
I also want you to know that his memory echoes around the world just as TAPS did on that day. I am currently deployed at Al Udeid AB, Qatar and his name is engraved on a plaque located in the Security Forces Squadron building, honoring fallen hero's during the line of duty around the world. He is not forgotten.
Happy Veterans Day TSgt Robert B. Butler and thank you sir for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
God Bless!!
Dale J. Hager, TSgt USAF 11 Nov. 2016

Technical Sergeant Dale J. Hager
Blue Eagles Honor Guard Team - Edwards AFB, CA

November 11, 2016

I was stationed with TSgt Butler at Edwards AFB, CA and was a member of the EST Team that responded to locate the Airman that murdered him. The events that unfolded that cold, rainy morning are forever etched in my memory. TSgt Butler was a true Defender, a devout family man/Father, a Leader, and a mentor to his Airmen and NCO's. He was a quiet man, but when he spoke, you listened. TSgt Butler paid the ultimate sacrifice as he attempted to keep the men and women of Edwards Air Force Base, CA safe. I think of you often. As you're patrolling the streets of heaven, know that your work was not in vain. You left a legacy of professionalism, courage and honor that have transcended time. May God continue to be with your family. You are never forgotten HUA! Present Arms. Order Arms.

Master Sergeant Charlie Jefferson (Ret)
Fellow Security Policeman/Security Forces

January 15, 2015

Bob worked for me on Charlie FLight at Kadena AB. Always a quiet professional. Here is a story that will always bring a smile to my face: I remember hearing a call about an assault in one of the housing areas. As flight chief, I decided to roll over. When I arrived on scene, there was a male military member already in custody, Bob was the supervising patrolman on scene; Bob Bennet and Chris Bellino were on scene as well. Bob had three young ladies in the back seat of his squad. I poked my head in and then looked at Bob and asked him what he had. He ran down a list of charges and gave me the facts on the case. Actually, I said, you have three men in the back seat of your car. The victims were "Billie Boys" (men either in drag or in the process of transgender changes). Watching the colour drain from Bob's face was priceless.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of his loss. He was a good man, a good policeman and a solid NCO.

Jeffrey G. Hagen, MSgt (Ret)
18 SPS, Kadena AB, SPOL-C

May 17, 2014

I remember Sgt Butler from Kadena when I was stationed there from 1986-1990. Seemed like a nice quiet gentleman but was taking martial arts I believe, so was the "silent but deadly" type. God Bless him and his family for their sacrifice.

SMSgt (Ret) Chris Dunlap

May 16, 2014

We miss you.


April 4, 2014

Bob, my friend and fellow Flight Chief. You are not and will not be forgotten. I attend the National Police Week Memorial Retreat at Edwards in your honor every year. Tomorrow, 04 March 2014, I will be in a ruck march honoring the fallen. I will be walking for you.

Rest in peace, my friend.

TSgt (Ret) James Bigger
95 SFS 1984-1996

March 3, 2014

You'll never be forgotten...just today Tony Chalk posted about your time together at Kadena...RIP Brother...RIP.

Daniel Johnson

November 11, 2013

Extremely happy that his ultimate sacrafice has not been forgotten.

Det Albert Garlick
60 SFS/S2, Travis AFB

June 18, 2013

I remember spending time with Bob on occasion at Kadena AB. He was a great guy and a true professional. I shall always remember him as a good guy to have around.

Dwayne Higgins SSgt Disabled Veteran
Security Police

May 6, 2013

Rob, I remember you and your family from Kadena AB a few years before this incident. From the first time I heard of this incident, you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and you will always be remembered as a good man.

Mark Jasek, TSgt Retired
US Air Security Police/Security Forces

April 25, 2013

Robert, I never knew you but, I know of you.
God Blesss your soul and may you sir, rest in
peace forever. God bless and comfort your family.
"Defensor Fortis".
Larry Breazeale, Msgt., USAF Security Forces (ret.)
Deputy Sheriff LASD (ret.)
Member of the Board-Air Force Security
Forces Association, Life Member-Vietnam Security
Police Association,
Nat.Chrm.National Veterans Coalition

Msgt. USAF Security Forces (ret.)
Air Force Security Forces Association

January 21, 2013

15 years today. It feels like it was yesterday!

I had the honor and privilege of having worked with Tech Sgt Butler as my flight chief including the night he was taken from us. He encouraged me to go back to college and allowed me to come in late once a week so I may take a college course. He was a perfect role model and always spoke highly about his wife and children. To this day what occurred during that shift and after bothers me tremendously therefore I can’t even come close to imaging what his family has and will always go through.

To his wife, children and family. Know that you are and always will be in my prayers. Find peace in knowing he is in a much higher and greater place….with God!

RIP Tech Sgt Butler. You will always be remembered.

Melina Alcivar-Drumgo, SrA (former)
95th Security Police/Forces Squadron Edwards AFB, CA

January 10, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 8, 2012

Although I did not get to know Bob very well before I left Edwards in 1997 I still pause as I walk by the memorial in front of the Superior Court in Bakersfield. I pause to reflect upon your name and the name of the other officers I have served with. God bless you Bob and your family. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and reminds us who are still on the job to work hard in your honor.

Chris Grider
Former SSgt. 95th SPS
Edwards AFB

Detective Chris Grider
Shafter Police Department

November 1, 2012

As your loss was being mourned, I vividly recall your passing being shared throughout the Air Force with fellow "Peacekeepers.". This was as the Security Police was transitioning into what was to become Security Forces. I think about your senseless slaying, a good man just doing his duty. I trust the good Lord is watching over your family, friends, former coworkers and fellow "Peacekeepers", past, present and future. For those who don't know, before there was "Defensor Fortis", the USAF Security Police were known as "Peacekeepers." The creed is the same, the duties haven't changed much, good men (and women) continue to give their lives for something greater than self and the Veterans continue to return home from overseas and hostile engagements. Although the career field has changed over the years since TSgt Butler and I were standing Guardmount, the Troops are still the same...young, courageous and willing to serve others who will never know their names or understand why they do what they do for total strangers or foreigners. I read the words of a former Troop of yours on your ODMP page, she is now a SRNCO. Her words touched my heart. It was obvious in her words that you made a difference in the lives of others. That you had a sense of humanity and humor, and that you were respected as a leader. Your contributions linger on as the next generation of "Peacekeepers" continue to cherish your memory and they pass on your legacy to those who follow in your foot steps. Continue to watch over those former "Peacekeepers" and present "Defenders of the Force", or by whatever name they might go by, and may you rest in peace!

T. Huber (TSgt, USAF retired)
Security Police Law Enforcement/Corrections

October 16, 2012

TSgt Butler was my first supervisor and mentor here at Kadena. He was well respected and loved by all. I still think of him today as I am stationed back at his home away from home "Okinawa". I remember the time in Korea when he was in a foxhole with 2 other Airmen. I was in a bunker not far away when I saw an explosion come out of their bunker.. Bob and his Airmen had decided to start a fire to keep warm and someone thew an arisol can in the fire and it burst. Bob had pretty bad burns on his face, one of the other Airmen lost his hearing temorarily. Luckily all healed. I remember trying to take a pic of his face and he threatened me with an Article 15! The 18th SPS/SFS will always remember you. YOU ARE MISSED!

MSgt Deborah A. Manning
18SFS Kadena Airbase Okinawa

April 2, 2012

TSgt Butler was always a true professional at work. He was one of my first supervisors and taught me so many tools to get the job done. He was also a great family man and that showed everyday through his dedication.
I have many fond memories of those days and still reflect on the photo's of his going away BBQ in Okinawa where we would all come together as a flight. He was a true Defender. He will always be remembered.

MSgt Stacie Conrey White
423d SFS, RAF Alconbury United Kingdom

April 2, 2012

16 years have gone by since I last saw TSgt Butler in Okinawa. I personally never work with him but was deployed with him to Korea many a time. Outstanding leader, true Defender and a devout family are missed and will never be forgotten...

TSgt (Ret) J.R. "Randy" Maningas
Member of 18SPS

April 1, 2012

I was lucky to have TSgt Butler as a mentor both on flight and EST while stationed at Kadena AB. He was a devoted husband and father who always set a great example for Airmen to follow. I think of him often and I'm thankful that he always took the time to give me sound advice that I still follow today. Rest in Peace Bob. You will never be forgotten.

CMSgt Dan J. Lambert

March 23, 2012

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