I met Richard Frisbie almost two years ago at a friend’s house. I believe we were all watching football (it was probably the Kansas City Chiefs, a team he really loves) and eating tacos, a pastime I’ve always enjoyed. I quickly learned that Richard was a happy and fun-loving person who just loves life! He is also very loyal and loves the people closest to him, as he will do what he can to always help.
That being said, I am proud to call him my friend and wanted to honor him as a Mississippi veteran, so I decided to do this interview with him.
Where are you from, and which Mississippi city do you live in now?
I am from Kansas City, Missouri, and I have lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the past eight years.
What are you most proud of?
My 22 years of military service.
What is something about you that would surprise people to know about?
Four combat tours: Operation Iraqi Freedom II from Match 2005 to March 2005. Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 from March 2006 to January 2008. Operation New Dawn from June 2011 to December 2011. And Operation Spartan Shield from December 2011 to June 2012.
What is your branch of service and job?
Army, 11B infantry.
What attracted you to your line of work, and how long have you been in it?
Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to join the Army. My grandfather, uncles, and stepdad all served. I have been active for 22 years.
Where did your passion for this work come from, and why is your work important?
My passion is for my country and my family. To me, my work is important because it allows me to do a small part in keeping America free.
Please mention any professional awards or distinctions you have earned.
Order of Saint Maurice, five Army Good Conduct Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, four Overseas Service Ribbons, six Iraqi Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Global War on Expeditionary Medal.
How did your job and career evolve? Was it what you expected? What have been the greatest rewards and challenges?
Just year after year change like always, it is what I expected except I didn’t plan on war kicking off while I was in basic training. The greatest reward is bringing all my soldiers home from combat.
What have been some standout moments in your work that make it all worthwhile?
When one of my soldiers received the Silver Star and two of my soldiers went on to get commissioned as officers in the Army.
What is your advice for others wanting to get into your line of work and have similar achievements?
Always give 110 percent and leave your foxhole better than when you got there.
Where would you like to see yourself in five years? This can be personal, professional, or both.
Owning my own company — food truck or small restaurant.
Currently, Richard is retired and seems to be enjoying his family, friends, and life! And watching football!