Hundreds of Minnesota Red Bulls returned home last week, and soon their leader will be putting on a different uniform. Inspector Eddie Frizell is about to go back to work taking command of the police precinct in downtown Minneapolis.
He spent 22-years with the National Guard and 19-years with Minneapolis Police. After the past year in Iraq, he's already anxious to get back to work. FOX 9's Leah Beno talked with him about the transition and how good is it to be back home.
Squadron Commander of the first 94th Cavalry, Frizell has earned a well deserved break. Tuesday he received the official call he's been waiting for.
"That's my relief knowing...everyone gave what they need to give and we are all home," said Frizell.
For the past year he's lead 631 members of the Minnesota Red Bulls through some of the most dangerous roads in Iraq, escorting trucks and fellow soldiers and using predictive analysis to find road side bombs. Similar technology is used to predict crime trends back here in Minnesota.
"We got to predict IED, and I am not exaggerating. We had nearly a 100 percent success rate," said the proud Commander.
For Frizell the break is short lived. Before being deployed, Frizell was commander of the 5th Precinct in southwest Minneapolis. When he returns to work, he'll be taking over the first precinct down town.
"If you believe in destiny, I have a firm belief in it now. Between the policing and the military -- they have gone hand and hand. The responsibility and experience of all and helped each other out. And I got to tell you, they all came together in some of the roads through Iraq this year," said Frizell.
Some situations were comparable to the I-35W bridge collapse, where Frizell responded within six minutes.
"As you come over the rise, there's the bridge, and then seeing the community all come together to take kids off school buses and police officers and firefighters and average day citizens going to work together to get the job done. That's easily related on almost a daily basis in a war zone -- everyone has a part to do," said Frizell.
With his own job on hold, Frizell still considers himself one of the lucky ones. Quietly in the background, he's humbled by his own home coming and ready for the next challenge.
"So all my experiences have come together and now as I sit here, looking at the green grass and blue water. I don't quite know what to do," he says mid-laugh.
Inspector Frizell will be back in his Minneapolis police uniform in early May.
In preparation, he's got some routine screening to do -- including re-qualifying at the gun range and going through a new background check. He's pretty sure the department knows where he's been the past year, he jokes.