Banker Buhler honored for his service in Iraq |

Banker Buhler honored for his service in Iraq

Fred Buhler says that one of the problems with the war in Iraq is that people often have trouble seeing the progress made amid the tragedies of violence.

And he knows, having worked in Iraq as a civilian adviser on a team that helped post-Saddam Iraq set up its banking system, which included creating banking laws and the establishment of a new currency.

He was honored for this work by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday afternoon. Supervisor Nate Beason, who is a retired Navy captain, presented the certificate of recognition, pointing out that Buhler is modest when he describes himself as a retired international banker.

While it’s true, it underplays the diversity of Buhler’s background – he has helped developing countries restore their banking system, has been a founding member of banks, and has been a leader in international banks.

He arrived in Iraq on April 23, 2003, helping first to establish a Central Bank for the country with the aid of local officials and advisers. Upon returning, he founded Nevada County Friends of the Military to help support overseas soldiers and their families in a nonpartisan way.

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