Colonel Paul E. Tressa, Jr., was born May 10, 1950 in Manhasset, New York. He received a BA in English from Adelphi University in 1972, after which he began his military career as an active duty U.S. Air Force officer. In 1981 he was appointed in the Texas Army National Guard as a signal officer, serving in increasingly responsible command and staff positions in the 249th Signal Battalion, the 4th Battalion, 133rd Artillery, and the 49th Armored Division Aviation Brigade. After commanding the 249th Signal Battalion, he served as G-6 (Communications Officer) for Task Force Texas and later as the Executive Officer of 71st Troop Command. Col Tressa currently serves as the Commander of the 136 Regional Training Institute (Combat Arms) based in Austin, Texas.
Colonel Tressa has served his community for 31 years as an English teacher, special education teacher, educational diagnostician, assistant principal, principal, and director. He has earned Master’s of Education degrees from North Texas State University in both special education and public school administration. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a distinguished graduate of the Command and General Staff College. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, the Texas Faithful Service Medal, the Texas Medal of Merit, the Silver Order of Mercury, and other federal and state awards.