Brigadier General Phillip N. Frietze is currently serving as the Commander, U.S. Marine Forces South.
He hails from Las Cruces, NM, and is a graduate of New Mexico State University. He was commissioned through the Officer Candidate Course Program in August 1991 and attended The Basic School, the Marine Corps Engineer Officer’s Course, the U.S. Army Engineer Officer’s Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, Defense Language Institute, the Argentine Ministry of Defense War College, and is a Regional Area Officer for South America.
His service spans all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force, with command and staff assignments at all levels.
Command time with the Fleet Marine Forces include: Construction Platoon Commander, Marine Wing Support Squadron-374, Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company, Marine Wing Support Group-37, 1st Marine Air Wing; Inspector-Instructor, C Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division; Commanding Officer, Engineer Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3d Force Service Support Group; Commanding Officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group; and Commanding Officer, Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Staff assignments include serving as the Assistant Operations and Plans Officer, Marine Wing Support Group-37, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing; Facilities Engineers, Marine Corps Base Okinawa, Japan; Executive Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion-22, 2d Marine Logistics Group; G3 Operations Officer, 2d Marine Logistics Group; G4 Engineer Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force; Executive Officer, Combat Logistic Regiment-15, 1st Marine Logistics Group; Branch Head for Engineering and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Deputy Commandant Installation and Logistics; G3 Operations Officer, 1st Marine Logistics Group, and Deputy Director, Capabilities Development Directorate, Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration.
Joint assignments include Engineer Plans Officer, Joint Task Force – North, Northern Command and Civil Military Operations Officer, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.