Yolanda Dean Frazier retired from the United States Army on January 31, 2017, after serving 30 years in the United States Army. Her military career was a very enriched one with numerous military assignments. She dedicated her life and career as a professional leader who was always determined to help others by teaching and training them to meet their highest potential. Her last duty assignment was in Orlando, Florida, at the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI). Yolanda was the Product Manager for Digitized Training. As the PM, she was responsible for the acquisition life-cycle management of 26 Digital Range Training Systems and 103 Integrated Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain Training Systems. Lieutenant Colonel Frazier supported projects in development or fielded with an annual budget of over $126M. She was also responsible for planning and coordinating the integration of emerging technologies that support the digital training needs of U.S. and Coalition Forces. She has over 16 years of simulation knowledge and experience.
Prior to this, Yolanda’s assignments have ranged from being a Project Director in which she lead a portfolio of three United States military simulation programs, she has been an Assistant Brigade Chemical Officer training over 80 second lieutenants right out of college that entered the Chemical Officer Basic Course. She pursued other opportunities as an Assistant Chemical Corp Prepotency Officer, United States Army Observer Controller, and Brigade Chemical Officer. She was board selected to be a Company Commander not once but twice. In her second command she was responsible for over 300 soldier’s careers and their professional development. During her tour in Afghanistan Yolanda was the founder and Director of the RFAST Field Assistance Science and Technology facility.
She has served in assignments all over the world and has received several awards from the Legion of Merit to a Bronze Star. But one of Yolanda’s most memorable opportunities while serving in the military was during her third tour to Afghanistan, where she was blessed with an opportunity to minister to Pakistani and Uganda workers. These families who were employed in a war zone were there working in very humbling jobs and circumstances but maintained their jobs with pride
Presently Yolanda is the Director of Medical Simulation Training and Development Support Services at Florida Hospital. The Training and Development Support Department has an operational and strategic responsibility which includes the strategic planning, compliance management, simulation training facilitation, exercise design and development for internal simulation departments, system-wide customers, budget preparation, program management, learning needs assessment, curriculum development, course/scenario coordination oversight, consulting, data analysis/presentation, and continuous process improvement. TDS also is responsible for the Medical Simulation Training Accreditation and all policies a and standard operation procedures. The department consist of two Senior Simulation Learning Strategist, a Program Manager of Training and Accreditation, a Program Manager, of Simulation Informatics and a Simulation Logistics Manager.