New Congressional Representation for Maryland's District 5
Dennis Fritz is a retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He served his nation in uniform for nearly 28 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from National-Louis University and a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.
At the height of his military career, he held two of the highest enlisted leadership positions in the Air Force and the Department of Defense (DOD) as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, Pacific Air Forces and the Command Chief Master Sergeant of United States Space Command, which included leadership responsibility of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) personnel. In both positions he was the principal advisor to four-star Generals, with a primary emphasis of advocating on behalf of tens of thousands military members and their families. In 1999 he was a top three finalist for Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, the Service’s top enlisted position.
His last position before retirement was as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, home of Air Force One. His distinguished career culminated with the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking military officer in the nation, officiating his retirement ceremony. His military decorations include The Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals and two Commendation Medals.
Dennis’ passion and calling is advocating and supporting people. In 2008 he accepted a Congressional mandated position to oversee the care and support provided by Federal Government Agencies to our combat wounded service members and their families. For a nearly a decade he’s been a strong and leading advocate for our Wounded Warriors, fighting to ensure they get the support and care they truly deserve, for the sacrifice they have made in fighting America’s wars.
As you can see, throughout Dennis’ military and civilian careers he has been an advocate and servant of the people. He spent the last 10 years of his military career advocating on behalf of over 100,000 service members and their families. He was responsible for two major DOD policy changes that improved their quality of life. He also led the way in reversing a DOD Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendation that resulted in the Air Force taking responsibility of a guard base, which improved the lives of a “total force” community that included active, guard, reserve, retiree, and civilian constituents. For the last 10 years of his civilian career, he has been an advocating force on behalf of our most sacred citizens, our war wounded. He will do the same for the constituents of Maryland’s Congressional District 5.