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Air Force veteran appointed newest MCAT Manager
Air Force veteran appointed newest MCAT Manager

Manatee County -- Carl Hunsinger, a 31-year Air Force veteran, has been hired as the next manager for Manatee County Area Transit.

Hunsinger retired from active duty in 2008 as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.  His last active duty assignment, (2007-2008) was the senior enlisted advisor for nearly 30,000 enlisted Air Force troops in Kuwait and southern Iraq.

He was awarded two bronze stars during his military career, one of which was for outstanding performance in ground combat operations, 2004-2005. Superiors credited Hunsinger’s leadership “for the safe passage of 505 combat convoy runs, which moved more than 957,000 freight tons of cargo and 800 passengers over 2.9 million miles throughout northern Iraq” according to Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces.   

Other duty assignments included overseeing gun truck security, transporting cargo and personnel through hostile roadways in Iraq.  He was also vehicle operations superintendent at Charleston Air Force Base and in Yokota (Japan) Air Base. He was also stationed twice at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces where he was first the vehicle fleet manager and later served as the chief functional manager for over 1,200 vehicle operators at nine bases located in four countries throughout the Pacific Rim.

Public Works Director Ron Schulhofer said Hunsinger was selected for this extensive transportation background and managerial skills. He added that Hunsinger’s background “radiates positive leadership and a comment to the mission at hand.”

“The division was in need of new energy focused on customer service in a fiscally austere environment,” Schulhofer said. “That requires a fresh, unbiased approach with a great deal of commitment and energy. Carl’s boundless energy and strength of character were easily recognized during the interviews.

Hunsinger saw the opening in Manatee County and decided to apply since it was “exactly what I trained to do,” he said.

“The big thing in Manatee County will be taking care of riders which include residents and worldwide visitors we serve year after year,” Hunsinger said. “I want to make sure we do that as safely … and as efficiently as possible to take care of the transportation needs of our community.”

Hunsinger’s longterm goals for MCAT include instilling in the community a real need for mass transit by providing riders with more opportunities to park their vehicles and ride on-time buses.

“It really is going to be about promoting the capabilities of what area transportation can do for the public and our environment,” Hunsinger said. “We’re going to take care of business and we’re going to go about it in the right way.”

For more information on Manatee County Area Transit, visit www.mymanatee.org/mcat . To schedule an interview with Hunsinger, call (941) 745-3771. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501.

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