Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Major Salvador Zuniga

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Major Salvador Zuniga

Going Green
When Major Salvador Zuniga was assigned the position of associate professor of Military Science in April 2009, he couldn’t wait to return to his alma mater to take a lead role in the professional development of future junior officers. Two years later he has excelled beyond the classroom, and left his mark on the ROTC Islander Battalion program and on the community. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi alumnus, who received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2000, appreciated his University professors who invested in their students. After graduation, Zuniga earned an active duty commission in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, later switching branches to Armor. He served two tours in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, an Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and the Overseas Service Medal. Drawing from his own combat experience, he focused his efforts on training the cadets in leadership and tactics and mentored them in a range of subjects including Army values and traditions. While watching level III cadets mature, he also increased their numbers to more than 100 – the largest group ever – and recruited incoming students to enroll in the ROTC program. Zuniga also raised awareness of the ROTC program by partnering area veteran organizations. He launched the “Islander Challenge,” a one-day competition hosted by the University’s ROTC for the area high school JROTC units. The purpose of the event, which focuses on physical fitness and encourages  teamwork and sportsmanship, was to invite high school students to experience a fun and comfortable learning environment on campus. The “Islander Challenge” has brought in more than 100 high school students in two years. Zuniga is a founding member of Third Coast Airsoft, a regional sports club that has raised donations for the Cadet Club through 12 Airsoft events, and he assisted with the first Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge event this past January. In May 2011 Zuniga will depart for continuing military education in Fort Benning, Ga.

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