Lieutenant Colonel Roy Frierson is the commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 215 and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Indiana University. As commander, he leads the recruitment, training, education, and evaluation of IU’s Air Force officer candidates. Additionally, he supports two crosstown universities at Butler University and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the senior Air Force officer on campus with dual responsibilities as detachment commander and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies.
Lt Col Frierson is responsible for determining who is accepted, trained, and ultimately commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. His previous assignment was at HQ USSOCOM, where he served in numerous leadership roles, to support a 66,000 unified combatant command Special Operations Force in executing their worldwide, no-fail missions. Lt Col Frierson is a graduated squadron commander, serving both CONUS and deployed. Throughout his career, he’s led forces in multiple countries supporting Operations JOINT GUARD, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM that safely launched and returned over 39,000 joint and coalition combat sorties against enemy combatants, while supporting over 30,000 U.S. and coalition forces.
Lt Col Frierson entered the Air Force in 1996 through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of South Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in human relations from Oklahoma University.