MSG Theresa Billeck-Zuniga was born in Camp Pendleton, California on 7 July 1963. She enlisted in the United States Air Force on 21 Feb 1981 and served as a Recreation Specialist with the 3700 Air Base Group at Lackland Air Force Base. In November of 1985 she became a Student Training Advisor and Career Counseling assigned to the 3731st Personnel Processing Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base. Her major achievements while in the Air Force until 11 November 1981 included participation with Air Force Tops In Blue, and multiple awards for artistic achievement and athletic project management. On 22 March 1988 Master Sergeant Billeck-Zuniga enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard as a Personnel Records Specialist assigned to the 149th Personnel Services Company. In June 1990 she transferred to the 49th AD DISCOM where she served as an Administrative Specialist, Training NCO and eventually the Unit Readiness NCO. From 1997 to 2000, she served with the Recruiting and Retention Command as a Recruiter for 3/133d Field Artillery Battalion in El Paso, Texas. Both in 1999 and 2000, she achieved the very prestigious status in making the NGB Honor Roll Award. The NGB Honor Roll Award requires the recruiter to obtain 44 recruits in one year. She was also twice named the Top Female Recruiter in the State of Texas and received the Career Counselor and Master Recruiter Badge as well as numerous other awards for recruiting and retention excellence. Her success as a recruiter in an all male Field Artillery Battalion is a testament to her perseverance and unlimited energy. In January 2000 she returned to the 49th AD DISCOM as the Force Readiness NCO for a second time. But in August 2001 she became the Operations NCO for the 249th Main Support Battalion. Her military schooling is far to extensive to list. She never turned down any course that was offered to her. She is a 1981 graduate of La Grange High School and has over 75 college hours from Vincennes University and lacks only 6 hours to obtain her Associates Degree. Her military awards and decorations include the following: Army National Guard Master Recruiter Badge, Army Commendation Medal w/6 clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Career Counselor Badge, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humantrian Service Medal – Hurricane Katrina, Army bon, Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Air Force Good Conduct Medal, The Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, Adjutant General’s Individual Award w/2 stars, Texas Medal of Merit, Texas Outstanding Service Medal w/1 cluster, Texas Faithful Service Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Service Medal w/2 cluster. She served as the President of the National Guard Association of Texas for Mar 2006-Mar 2007. Upon retirement MSG Billeck-Zuniga will have served 25 years of active military service to our country. On 1 April 2007, she will begin her new job as a benefits specialist with the National Guard Association of Texas. She resides in Autin, Texas and is married to LTC Francisco Zuniga, Commander of the 386th Engineer Battalion in Corpus Christi.
Units:149th PBS, HQ 49th DISCOM - 49th Armored Division, Recruiting & Retention Command, HQ 249th Main Support Battalion
Years of Service:25