Col. Samuel Fricks, Medical Evacuation Concepts and Capabilities Division
Col. Samuel Fricks is a native of Morrow, Georgia, and commissioned as a medical service corps officer as a distinguished military graduate from Georgia Southern University in August 2000.
Fricks has completed successive assignments from the team to ACOM level. His assignments include serving as a Forward Support MEDEVAC Team leader, 57th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); operations officer, 498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance); operations officer, C Co., 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion; chief of operations and MEDEVAC doctrine course director, United States Army School of Aviation Medicine; company commander, C Co., 2-1 General Support Aviation Battalion; executive officer, 404th Aviation Support Battalion; G3 aviation MEDEVAC officer for Headquarters, United States Army Forces Command; and commander, 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Fricks currently serves as the chief, Medical Evacuation Concepts and Capabilities Division (MECCD), Army Futures Command, Fort Novosel, Alabama.
Fricks completed three combat deployments to Iraq including Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 (Surge), and Operation New Dawn.
Fricks earned a Master of Science in homeland security and emergency management from Colorado Technical University. Additionally, Fricks is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, the AMEDD Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training Course, the UH-60 and UH60M Qualification Courses, the Total Army Instructor Training Course, and is currently attending The Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, The Air Medal (Numeral 3), Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Army Achievement Medal, The Iraqi Campaign Medal with four Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Senior Aviator Badge, and the Combat Medical Badge. Fricks is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire).