Alvin resident Major Alfred Sustaita Jr. is the new commander of the Texas State Guard’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Civil Affairs Regiment. He took charge in a “Change of Command” ceremony held recently at the armory in San Marcos. The battalion is comprised of over fifty Texas State Guard soldiers who live and work in and around Hays County. They are known as the “SaberCats” battalion.
In 1989 he enlisted in the state guard and rose to staff sergeant. Within five years Sustaita was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. During his college career at Texas A&M, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in bioenvirnomental science, he was in the Corps of Cadets. Major Sustaita is highly decorated with the Texas Medal for Merit, Adjutant Generals Individual Award, Commanding Generals Individual Award, the Humanitarian Service Award,Texas Faithful Service Medal, Texas State Guard Service Medal, Texas State Guard Generals Staff badge, and Basic Military Emergency Management Specialist badge.
Major Sustaita resides in Alvin with his wife and son. He works at San Jacinto College where he serves as program director and professor of occupational health and softy.