U.S. Army War College Fellow Earns Research Awards

Jun 29, 2020

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Kreitz, a U.S. Army War College Fellow at UT-Austin during the 2019-20 academic year, earned third place in the Secretary of Defense’s National Essay Competition and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for his paper “Re-emerging Russian Influence in Latin America and US Foreign Policy Response.”

The paper documented LTC Kreitz’s year-long research into Russian influence in Latin America in the context of regional great power competition. ISP Fellow Kiril Avramov served as LTC Kreitz’s faculty advisor for the work that is being prepared for future journal publication. Congratulations to LTC Kreitz and Dr. Avramov.

Biography:

LTC Eric Kreitz was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in May of 2001 from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. His first duty assignment was the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served with the 3rd Brigade (Rakkasans) and the 101st Aviation Brigade. He deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) I from 2003 to 2004 and OIF V-VII from 2005-2006. After transitioning to the Psychological Operations (PSYOP) branch in 2007, LTC Kreitz was assigned to the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (POB) (A), which provides PSYOP forces to Central and South America. The following year, he deployed as the Military Information Support Team Commander to the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. While there he supported OPERATION WILLING SPIRIT and OPERATION JAQUE, the latter of which resulted in the rescue of three U.S. and 12 Colombian hostages from the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). LTC Kreitz then served as the Operations Officer of 6th POB (A), which provides PSYOP forces to Europe and as the Operations Officer of 7th POB (A), which provides PSYOP forces to Africa. He was the PSYOP Division Chief at Special Operations Command – South prior serving as the commander of 6th POB (A). His executive level positions include Aide-de-Camp to the USASOC Deputy Commanding General (2009) and the USASOC Commander’s Initiatives Group (2014 and 2019). LTC Kreitz’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a native Spanish speaker and is Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder and Jumpmaster qualified.