Courier specialist on veteran-related matters
Retired United States Army Colonel Susan Junker will be reporting on matters of interest to veterans for the Bandera County Courier.
She moved to Bandera County in 2009 after 24 years of active duty and eight years with Lockheed Martin. Junker has over 30 years as a logistician focused on integrated supply, maintenance, transportation and medical services.
During her military career, Junker served in a variety of command and staff positions, including two commands, speechwriter and personal assistant to senior general officers three times and a dozen logistics positions. Her responsibilities spanned geopolitics, programming and budgeting, change management, customer relationship management and supply chain solutions at all levels, as well as leadership and management of large organizations with multiple functions and missions.
Junker's key assignments while serving in the Army included command, speechwriter-special assistant, and leading three successful start-ups within large corporations. She has been a member of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary since eligible.
Most recently, Junker completed her tenure at Lockheed Martin, as director, logistics and health services where she was responsible for the growth and execution of a variety of ground and aviation logistics and health services programs and capabilities. While at Lockheed, her duties included training, operations and maintenance, supply operations and advisory services. From 2001-2010, as director of corporate focused logistics she contributed to the doubling of the logistics business.
Junker received a BA in political science from the University of Illinois and completed an MS in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology and an MS in national resource strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC.
Prior to retiring from the United States Army as a colonel in 2003, Junker was deputy executive director for the Readiness and Customer Support, Defense Logistics Agency. She directed and integrated the efforts of seven departments comprising 250 geographically dispersed military, government civilian and contract personnel.
Junker's military career also included serving as special assistant to the commander, Army Materiel Command, which included strategic planning for a logistics, research and development, and acquisition organization with over 50,000 people worldwide. In this capacity, she also served as researcher, writer, speechwriter and advisor to the commander developing over 30 articles, speeches and presentations for DoD, Congressional and community audiences.
As the commander of the 702nd Main Support Battalion in Korea, Junker led an 1,100 person logistics support unit providing coordinated supply, maintenance, medical and transportation support and services to over 20,000 personnel.
During her time as a speechwriter and personal assistant to the US Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Junker created over 225 speeches, presentations, brochures and articles in 18 months for Department of Defense, Congressional, international and community audiences.