Alfred A. Valenzuela is a retired United States Army major general who commanded United States Army South (USARSO) at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. He comes from a Mexican-American family from San Antonio, Texas. He frequently discusses how he overcame his childhood as a gang member.
Awards and decorations
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star with "V" device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (3rd award).
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
- Soldier's Medal
- Bronze Star with Valor Device
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
- Joint Service Achievement Medal
- Army Achievement Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Valenzuela is married to Esther Valenzuela and they have two children.
Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
He is currently serving as a commissioner for The World War One Centennial Commission.
- Command Run US Southern Command, June 2000
- News Release, May 2000
- Command Run US Southern Command, April 2001
- Valenzuela interview, Hispanic Magazine, April 2000
|Commander U.S. Army South
LTG John D. Gardner