UPRAA Salutes our Veterans!

unnamed_1…for their selfless service to our nation and honors one of its own:  Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired), Dennis O. Freytes.

It is with great pleasure that UPRAA recognizes one of its own: UPR alumnus, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Dennis O. Freytes.  Colonel Freytes was recently inducted into the Florida Veteran’s Hall of Fame for his distinguished military and civic service.  On 9 November 2016, the Florida Governor and his cabinet recognized his efforts at a well-attended ceremony at the Florida Capitol Building.  The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the state of Florida through civic, business, public service or other pursuits.

Colonel Freytes has worked as an executive, manager, and as advisor in business, government, non-profits, and community organizations.  He is a community leader serving on community governing boards in support of our elders, youth, families, Veterans, small businesses and national, state, and local government.  During his military service, he commanded Infantry, Special Forces, Airborne, Medical, Engineer, Readiness Group, and ROTC Units on security and humanitarian missions protecting and defending our Freedom.

Colonel Freytes has received various appointments to Governing Boards, served on Government Transition Advisory Committee for American Veterans, and currently serves on Congressional and local Mayor’s American Veterans Advisory Councils.  He holds Master Degrees in Public Administration and in Human Resources, a Bachelor in Business Administration, and served as a Professor of Military Science in the University of Puerto Rico, educating our future leaders.

Colonel Freytes is an example to emulate. We congratulate him on his achievements and thank him for his great service to our nation.

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