Theresa Rusin, of the town of Harrietstown, daughter of Richard and Jacki Rusin of Averill Park, and the late Camille Baniak, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army Reserves.
Colonel Floru, commander of the 1173rd BN,?presented her oak leaf clusters during a ceremony at Fort Devens, Mass. in July 2013.
Rusin is a graduate of Averill Park High School and began her military career as a private while a senior in high school. After she graduated, she trained as a med-tech at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Lt. Col. Theresa Rusin
Upon receiving her commission, she became a transportation/logistics officer. She attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and received an ROTC scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in applied math.
She went on to receive a second Bachelor of Science in biology/secondary education from Metro State College in Denver, Colo. and a Master of Arts in curriculum development at the University of Colorado.
She was deployed to Iraq in 2013 for 14 months as a convoy commander. Upon her return from Iraq, she served as a reserve emergency preparedness liaison officer in the Dakotas. For 10 years, Rusin was employed as a secondary education science teacher in Colorado and has taught chemistry, biology, earth science and astronomy. Since her return to upstate New York, she has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Saranac Lake school district.
Rusin is married to Denny Brown and they have two daughters: Coral, 8, and Alina, 5. They relocated to upstate New York two years ago.
She is presently serving in Afghanistan with the 831st Transportation Battalion.