Leopoldo Cintra Frías
|Born||17 July 1941|
|Service/||Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces|
|Years of service||1957-present|
|Commands held||Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Pino del Agua|
Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
Ethiopian Civil War
|Awards||Hero of the Republic of Cuba|
Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frías is a Cuban military and political leader, who is currently serving as the current Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba.
He participated in the Cuban Revolution in November 1957 at the age of 16. His first actions were to sell bonds and distribute bread in a van and transport people to the mountains. He later joined the Column 1 José Martí, which was commanded by Fidel Castro, where he remained until the end of the revolution. He was part of the rebels who accompanied Fidel Castro on his journey from the Oriente Province to Havana, in the commonly known Caravan of Freedom. Frias was sent to Prague (Czechoslovakia) to study Artillery in 1960. Upon his return to Cuba, he was appointed head of the artillery and infantry units in the FAR.
He finished his studies at the Superior Basic School in 1962 and he passed the Superior Academic Course in 1967. Frias led a large unit of Cuban tanks in Angola and Ethiopia in the late 1970s and in the early 1980s. He graduated in 1982 from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR. In 1990, he was appointed the Chief of the Western Army, one of the three regional districts of the FAR. Upon his return to Cuba, he continued lead of the Western Army.
In 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Corps General. In October 2008, Frías held the position of First Deputy Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. President Raúl Castro promoted him to the post of Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces on November 9, 2011 following the death of General Julio Casas Regueiro.