GREAT BARRINGTON >> Lt. Col. Susan M. Bunce, U.S. Army, daughter of Frederick J. Bunce of Housatonic and the late Julia A. Rathbun, has retired after serving more than 30 years in the military.
Bunce began her military career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1978. She served honorably for four years on active duty stationed at Minot AFB, N.D., earning the grade of sergeant.
She continued her enlisted service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Arlington, Va., where she served in support of the Career Recruiters at Headquarters Marine Corps and attended their NCO Leadership School. Bunce received an early release from her enlistment in the USMC in order to pursue ROTC with the U.S. Army.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with a degree in communications and received an early reserve commission on May 22, 1988, as a quartermaster officer. She was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society and received the ROTC Academic Achievement Award.
In 1989, Bunce was assigned to the 76th Division, Institutional Training, West Hartford, Conn., where she served five years holding the positions of Assistant G4, Plans and Operations and Division, transportation officer.
Bunce was reassigned to the 2nd Simulation Exercise Group in Bristol, R.I., in 2001, where she served four years as a Troop Program Unit soldier in the position of staff observer/controller and assistant S-1.
In 2004, she was ordered to active duty on a conus deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where she served two years with Task Force Edison at Fort Dix, N.J., working as a battalion observer/controller trainer.
Bunce was hand selected for reassignment to Fort Meade, Md., in 2006 where she would play a major part in the standing up of First Army Division East. She served on active duty for five years holding positions as G3 Plans Officer, G3 Operations Officer, G1, Plans and Operations Officer, Chief, Mobilization Branch and G1, Future Operations and Plans Officer.
When her mobilization tour ended, LTC Bunce joined the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command as a TPU soldier where she served as the secretary to the general staff for four years.
Bunce's military education includes Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced courses, USAR Logistics Management Course, USAR Unit Movement Officer Deployment Planning course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and Intermediate Learning Education course.
Bunce's awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, two National Defense service medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver X and M device, and the Army Superior Unit Award.