Maj. Gen. Alfred A. Valenzuela
San Antonio, Texas
Guided by mentors at his hometown Boys & Girls Club, the young Alfred Valenzuela learned about focus, vision, caring and compassion. These are the tools he depends on to safeguard democracy in his capacity as commanding general, U.S. Army South. The general has served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout the world. In Peru, he was U.S. defense representative for counterinsurgency and counternarcotics operations with the American Embassy. He also participated in Operation Distant Thunder in Kuwait. Among Maj. Gen. Valenzuela’s many decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star.