Captain Erik Fricsons is Deputy Branch Chief Logistics with Headquarters AMC Strategic Plans, Requirements, and Programs Directorate, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He leads and directs daily operations for Acquisitions and Logistics of several Air Force programs including C-5, JCA, LiMA, JFTL, C-17, C-27, C-130, KC-X and Presidential Aircraft Requirements programs. He is responsible for ensuring the Acquisition and Logistical support of Air Mobility Command Aircraft to ensure a high state of combat readiness to support Air Mobility Command and United States Transportation Command immediate and sustained cargo and refueling operations. Prior to his current assignment Captain Fricsons was an Assistant Director of Operations, Communications Officer, C-17/KC-10/Enroute aircraft Group Maintenance Operations Officer and an AMU Asst. OIC for two KC-10 AMU’s which included several extended periods of being the OIC for the AMU’s.
Captain Fricsons, raised in Dayton, Ohio, received his commission upon graduating from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. During his prior enlistment he completed initial C-141 and heavy airlift technical school in 1990. Captain Fricsons deployed several times in support of operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In 1992 Captain Fricsons was one of the initial cadre to attend C-17 technical training. In 1993 Captain Fricsons cross-trained into the Helicopter Flight Engineer career field and served as an MH53J/M PAVELOW flight engineer from 1993 to 2004 as an instructor and flight evaluator. Captain Fricsons was also one of the initial cadre on the MH53M IDAS/MATT modified PAVELOW helicopters. Captain Fricsons has over 100 combat hours in operations over Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. Deployments include OPERATIONS JOINT ENDEAVOR, ENDURING FREEDOM, PROVIDE COMFORT, ALLIED FORCE and many others. Additional duties included supply, scheduling, training, mobility and current operations. He has experience on over 6 weapons systems including C-141B, C-5, C-17, MH-53J/M, C-130 and several civilian aircraft. Captain Fricsons also is fluent in the Latvian language and has helped with translation duties during joint operations in the past.
March 1990 - June 1993, Crew Chief C-141/C-17 aircraft, 437 Aircraft Generation Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC.
June 1993 - June 1994, MH-53A/J qualification course, 5442nd Crew Resource Training Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM.
June 1994 - December 1995, flight engineer, 31st Special Operations Squadron Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
December 1995 – July 1999, instructor flight engineer, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
July 1999 – March 2005, instructor/evaluator flight engineer 551st Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
March 2005 – October 2005 OIC of Raptor support flight, 605 AMXS, McGuire AFB New Jersey.
October 2005 – May 2006 Asst. OIC Raven/Hawk/Eagle AMU KC-10 AMU, 605 AMXS, McGuire AFB NJ.
May 2006 – March 2007 Group Maintenance Operations Officer, 305 MXG C-17/KC-10 McGuire AFB, NJ.
March 2007 – September 2007 Squadron Commander 721 Air Mobility Operations Group Detachment Five Balad Air Base/LSA Anaconda, Iraq.
September 2007- February 2008 – Maintenance Operations Officer, 621 CRW/819 GSS McGuire AFB, NJ.
February 2008 – August 2008 – Communications and Maintenance Flight Commander, 621 CRW/819 GSS McGuire AFB, NJ.
August 2008 – February 2009 Assistant Director of Operations, 819 GSS McGuire AFB, NJ.
February 2009 – August 2009 Acquisitions and Logistics Manager, Headquarters AMC Strategic Plans, Requirements, and Programs Directorate. Scott AFB, IL.
August 2009 – August 2010 Executive Officer Requirements Division Directorate of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs.
August 2010 – Present Deputy Branch Chief Logistics Branch, Requirements Division Directorate of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
1. Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor
2. Air Medal with devices
3. Aerial Achievement Medal with devices
4. Air Force Commendation Medal Valor and Device
5. Air Force Achievement Medal
6. Joint Meritorious Unit Award with devices
7. Kosovo Campaign Medal with Gold Star device
8. Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
9. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
10. NATO Medal (Wear first NATO medal awarded.)
11. Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
12. Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait