GREAT BARRINGTON -- Lt. Col. Susan M. Bunce, U.S. Army, daughter of Frederick J. Bunce of Housatonic and the late Julia Bunce, recently completed over eight years of active duty service with the Army. She was called to active duty on June 4, 2004, and has served consecutively for over eight years. This month, she transitions back into the U.S. Army Reserves, where she will continue her service.

During Bunce's first two years of service, she was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., where she worked as an instructor and observer/controller/trainer. Her task force taught, trained and mentored soldiers in the Active, Reserve and National Guard status who mobilized and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

She then transferred to Fort George G. Meade, Md., where she assisted in the standing up of First Army Training Support Division East. After successful activation, she served in six different staff positions each with increasing responsibility. She served in Division Operations as the division's battle captain, plans officer, operations officer and senior watch officer; and in Human Resources as its mobilization officer and future operations and Plans officer.

In December 2012, Lt. Col. Bunce participated in Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit organization that places wreaths on the graves of veterans during the holiday season.

In addition, she is a member of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc.


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, a non-profit organization that assists wounded warriors through the healing process.

Bunce earned a bachelor of science degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., in 2001, a bachelor of arts degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1990, and is a 1976 graduate Monument Mountain Regional High School.