MEET THE AUTHOR
DENNIS L. FRITZ
Dennis L. Fritz is a retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant who served his nation in uniform for nearly 28 years, concluding his active-duty service with honor in August 2003. He holds 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 of Pacific Air Forces and the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 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 on advocating on behalf of tens of thousands of 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 military career includes two stints at the Pentagon, one of which involved serving as Executive Officer to General Buster Glosson, Director of Legislative Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. General Glosson was the mastermind behind the aerial offensive during the initial military conflict against Saddam Hussein under the presidency of George H.W. Bush. In 2005, Dennis returned to the Pentagon as a contractor, initially working as an Administrative Officer to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction and Negotiations Policy. Later, he contributed as part of the Declassification Review Team for Pre-Iraq War Policy Planning Documents and, ultimately, as a member of the Policy Planning Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
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.
His passion and calling are 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 over a decade, he has 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.
Throughout his military and civilian careers, Dennis 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, 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 for a guard base, improving 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.
Dennis is currently the Director of the Eisenhower Media Network.