As a native of South-Central Los Angeles, Tanya “Tee” Huling recalled wanting to join the military because her family could not afford to send her to college. Huling’s mother was the one who arranged phone calls with a recruiter for the Marine Corps, and this led to her serving 20 years of active duty for the country.
Her tours and deployments include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout her service, Huling received numerous awards including a Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
Huling has since earned five college degrees, including a third master’s degree in Higher Education from Dallas Baptist University. She currently lives in Red Oak, Texas with her husband, two sons and daughter.
She is a Veterans employer liaison with the Texas Veterans Commission, an organization committed to finding meaningful employment opportunities for the men and women who served in the armed forces. Huling continues to demonstrate drive and determination on a daily basis through her work with this organization.
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