Colonel David Fitz-Enz, commissioned at Marquette Univeristy, was a regular Army officer for thirty years, retiring in 1993. He served in Japan, Vietnam, Germany, England, Belgium, and Saudi Arabia. During his two years in Vietnam, he was a combat photographer and partrooper in the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade and communications officer in the 10th Cavalry Squadron and 124th Signal Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division.

Among his decorations is The Soldier's Medal for "Heroism", the Army's highest award for life saving, The Bronze Star for "Valor" in combat, with four oak leaf clusters, The Air Medal for sustained aerial combat, and the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters.

In Europe he was a communications officer in the European Command Center and later flew aboard General Alexander Haig's airborne command post. In 1984 he was appointed special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

He was an Inspector General, a member of the Army General Staff, served on the Presidential Inagural Committee, and became Chief of Staff of the Defense Communiations Agency. A graduate of Command & General Staff College and the Army War College, he commanded six times, culminating as Brigade Commander of the 1101st Signal Brigade which provided command and control communication to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President, and operated the Moscow "Hot Line" for five years during the Cold War.

       
 
       
   

Now vice-president of Cannonade Filmworks, he co-produced and wrote the television program "The Final Invasion" for PBS and authored the companion book. He is published in "Military Illustrated" magazine of London, England, a guest lecturer at the British Army Museum and presenter at the International Napoleonic Fair.

Colonel Fitz-Enz has written his memoir of Vietnam, "Why A Soldier" for Random House. He has recently appeared on CSPAN Book TV and as a commentator on FOX Network News in New York City. In June 2001 he received "The Distinguished Writing Prize" from the Army Historical Foundation, in Washington DC, for his book "The Final Invasion". In October 2003 he was granted the Military Order of Saint Louis for contributions to military literature by the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Knights Templar. In April 2003 he was the guest lecturer at the National Archives in Washington DC.

 
 
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