Major General Freddie Valenzuela

General Valenzuela served thirty-three years in the US Army and was highly decorated for heroism and valor. He served in three combat corps and six Infantry Divisions all over the world including Peru, Korea, Colombia, Turkey, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Kuwait, Grenada, Panama, Germany, El Salvador, and Somalia, as well as numerous years in interagency assignments. He commanded in the Cold War and Gulf War eras, and was awarded the two highest peacetime awards upon his retirement, the Defense and Army Distinguished Service Medals.

After retirement, he continued his public service by creating an educational foundation for at-risk children and for the families of soldiers killed in the line of duty. He has or now sits on several community boards of directors; Boy Scouts of America, Family Service Association, Boys and Girls Club, Communities in School and Haven for Hope. He is an Eagle Scout himself and was inducted into the Boys and Girls Hall of Fame. He sits on the National Board of Directors for St. Mary’s University, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, National Recreation Board of America. He is a senior consultant to the Center of Terrorism at St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he was recently named a Distinguished Alumnus. A former San Antonio Housing Authority President/CEO; he also served as Executive Director to the Housing Authority of Bexar County. He is President/CEO of M.C. Valens; a service disabled veteran owned business. His company previously advised the senior Mexican leadership on the War on Drugs. He is a motivational speaker, and supports the US Army in the arena of recruiting, retention & diversity issues. Hispanic Business Magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. The Valenzuela Family’s published book entitled “No Greater Love: The Lives and Times of Hispanic Soldiers” has won numerous awards and all proceeds go to the families of the 21 Soldiers he buried from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He is the Executive Director of the Minnie Miracle Foundation and is a Consultant/Board of Director for Rush Group, LLC, Detroit, Michigan. He recently served as a Board of Director of USAA Federal Savings for 11 years, (risk/trust and credit committees), USAA USB Bank (Credit card bank/risk/compensation committees). He was also recently appointed by the President of the United States to the WWI Centennial Commission.

He is married to the former Esther Trevino, and they have 2 children: Lori (Criminal District Judge, 437th, and Felony Veterans Treatment Court Judge, San Antonio, Texas) and Freddie II (Program Manager for Houghton Mifflin Publishing, Chicago) their spouses Sean McCleskey, JoJo MacPherson, and four grandchildren; Madison, Hayden, Logan and Jaqi.