A native of New Orleans, Fritz graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Science. Following his commissioning as an officer, he reported to Pensacola, Florida and completed Naval Flight Training in 1962. He earned a Master’s Degree from Liberty University in 1993.
Upon completion of flight training, Fritz’s initial assignment was as a fighter pilot flying the F-4 Phantom with Fighter Squadron 114, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Kittyhawk. He flew a total of 136 combat missions in Vietnam and completed over 350 carrier landings.
While flying over North Vietnam, he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on his 30th mission, was rescued and was back in the cockpit two days later. He went on to fly 106 more combat missions before returning to the United States. Following Vietnam, he served the Navy at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Mo. where he flight-tested the F-4 Phantom jet for military acceptance.
While serving in St. Louis, Fritz made the decision to resign his commission in protest over the government’s “no-win” policy, the failure of our nation’s leaders to do anything to insure a timely release of the POWs, and the fact that the war was being micro-managed from the White House. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, eleven awards of the Air Medal, and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor.
For almost 30 years Fritz was a pilot for Delta Airlines. With Delta he served as a Senior Flight Instructor, a Line Captain and a Check Pilot on the Boeing 757/767 aircraft. He retired from Delta in July, 1997, completing his professional flying career with over 20,000 hours of flight time. Since retirement from Delta, Fritz has offered consulting, training, and personal development to individual companies and ministries through Triad Resources.
Fritz began public speaking as a motivational/inspirational speaker in 1973 and has spoken to men and women around the world. He served as associate staff with CBMC of USA, a non-profit ministry to business and professional men, training both individuals and couples in the principles of lifestyle evangelism. Fritz also served on the Board of Directors of CBMC and after retiring from Delta, served as Executive Director of CBMC from 2000 to 2003. During his time as Executive Director, his executive team was responsible for developing a fresh vision and restoring the organization to financial viability.
Concerned for a values-based education for their own children, Fritz and his wife, Ann, were instrumental in starting a school, kindergarten though grade 12 in Covington, La. Fritz served as Chairman of the Founding Board and later Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northlake Christian School.
Fritz has been qualified as a Team Trainer by Team Resources, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga., and is a strong proponent of team leadership. With a desire to continue to have meaningful impact on the lives of people, and help men and women reach their full potential through the services of a Life Coach, he was certified as having completed thirty four hours of Essential Coach Training from the Center for Advancement of Christian Coaching.
Fritz and Ann’s son is recently retired from active duty with the United States Marine Corps, and Fritz continues to have a love and deep concern for military veterans, as well as the men and women actively serving our country. In this regard, Fritz currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Post Traumatic Growth Institute, an organization dedicated to helping military personnel deal with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder.
Fritz and his wife Ann have been married for 57 years and have three children, twelve grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.