Col. Fridley, '89, Deputy Commandant S3
Colonel Mitchell Fridley was born and raised in Alleghany County and is a 1985 graduate of Alleghany High School. He graduated from VMI in 1989 with a B.A. in Biology and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps.
Colonel Fridley's first duty station was the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany, where he also served several months in Kuwait during Desert Storm. After graduating from the Military Intelligence Advance Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, he served a tour as a Battalion Intelligence Officer in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Colonel Fridley left active duty in 1995 and commanded an infantry training company in the Army Reserve in Covington, VA. In 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Fridley spent a year as the Director of Corporate Training for N.B. Handy Corporation in Lynchburg before going to work for General Dynamics in Saudi Arabia in 1997 for 2 ½ long years, as an instructor and then training team leader in their M1A2 tank training program.
Colonel Fridley worked one year as the Commandant of Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia before coming to VMI as an assistant commandant in the summer of 2001.
While serving as the Battalion S3 training and operations officer for 2/319th Army Reserve battalion in Salem, Virginia, Colonel Fridley was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as an assistant Operations Officer for Force Management and planning with the Multi-national Security Transition Command from August 2005 to July 2006.
Colonel Fridley is currently a Battalion Commander of 2/319th Training Support Battalion (USAR) in Salem, Virginia and has served at VMI for over ten years, the past five as the Operations Officer for the Corps.