Lutz worked at Kodak for 26 years, serving as a manufacturing department head and the design and development department head for the division that designed and brought to market digital cameras. At one point in his Kodak career, he ran a small business for Kodak that did $31 million dollars in sales a year. However, Lutz gave up this position to become the development manager for digital cameras.
Also during this time, Lutz continued to serve in the Army Reserve and had many command and staff assignments. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 2002 and to Major General in 2005. Lutz was the only cadet from the UC ROTC program to ever be a Major General.
In 2005, he was mobilized and sent to Southwest Asia where he was responsible for Army Communications throughout the theaters of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lutz’s headquarters was in Kuwait, where he wore many different hats for 15 months, managing several assignments simultaneously.
He explains, “I was the Commanding General of a Signal Command, simultaneously a senior staff officer on two Army Headquarters, and the Commanding General of a Reserve Organization still in the States.
While I was there, I was offered a buy-out from Kodak (which was rapidly trying to shrink its way to success, also known as rightsizing). When I returned, I was essentially in Command of all of the Army Reserve Signal and Chemical Assets as the Commanding General of the 335th Signal Command.” After courageously serving our country and our community for more than four decades, Lutz retired from the Army Reserve in September 2009.
Looking back on his lifetime of honor and achievements, Lutz emanates humility as he counts these among his proudest moments, “The birth of my three children; graduating from UC, Xavier, and the Rochester Institute of Technology with my MS in Electrical Engineering; graduating from the Army War College in 1999; marrying my wife; delivering a complex program on time and under budget; finishing a Marathon (I ran two of them in my life, not very fast but I still finished!); and watching all of my children grow up and become outstanding individuals.”
So what does one do after accomplishing so much in such a surprisingly short period of time? Lutz answers, “I may be happily retired but I still like to do several volunteer things for agencies like the Veterans Administration (driver), ESGR (Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, State Chairman), and ROA (Reserve Officers Association, State President). My wife and I enjoy visiting our three children and seven grandchildren regularly. Oh, and my golf game is improving. I also occasionally give speeches and when asked, I happily participate in ROTC events in the area.”
Lutz reflects, “I have lived a pretty blessed life. Most of my friends at this time in life are people whom I met either at UC or in the Army, and I still keep in touch with many of them. I still watch UC football and basketball games on the television. Living in Rochester, NY, we are eight hours away from Cincinnati, and I don’t come into Cincinnati that often, but the University is still my home—I grew up there really.”
The College of Engineering and Applied Science thanks Major General Lutz for his outstanding service to the country and the community and congratulates him on his well-deserved induction into the USACC ROTC Hall of Fame.