VETERAN of the YEAR 2015
Army Lieutenant Colonel Brad Letner
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte honors Army Lt. Col. Brad Letner as
the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District. Left
to Right: Teresa Letner, Army Lt. Col. Letner, and Assemblyman Obernolte.
Sacramento, California ____ Wednesday June 24th, Assemblyman
Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) recognized Army Lt. Col. Brad Letner as the
2015 Veteran of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District. Lt.
Col. Letner was present in Sacramento, Wednesday to accept the award at a
luncheon honoring Veterans from all 80 Assembly Districts.
“Lieutenant Colonel Letner is a man of courage, who
served his country with distinction and continues to serve his community each
and every day,” stated Assemblyman Obernolte. “We owe a great deal to the men
and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line to defend our country
and the freedoms we often take for granted. It is an honor to recognize and
thank such a deserving individual for his service.”
Born in Battle Creek, MI, Brad Letner graduated from Western
Michigan University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Statistics. He later
went on to earn a Masters Degree in communication from Spring Arbor University
in Spring Arbor, MI and is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army Command and
General Staff College.
Lt. Col. Letner served in the Army more than twenty-seven years,
completing two tours in Afghanistan. Over the course of his career, Letner
served on a number of bases including Fort Irwin as well as at the Army’s
Emergency Operations Center at the Pentagon. Additionally, he has held
positions in the U.S. Army’s Western Region Recruiting Command as a global
transportation planner, market analyst and operations officer. Letner’s
numerous awards and honors include a Bronze Star, Department of Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal and an Afghanistan
Campaign Medal. Letner retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant
Lt. Col. Letner settled in the High Desert in 2000 and currently
serves as the President/CEO of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce, where he seeks
to bolster economic development and attract jobs to the Victor Valley.
Lt. Col. Letner attended the eighth annual Veteran of the Year
Recognition Luncheon with other veterans and state lawmakers. This year’s
luncheon was hosted by the following veteran service organizations: American
Legion, Department of California, AMVETS, Department of California, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Department of California, and Vietnam Veterans of America,
California State Council.