Captain Arthur Rizer enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 he served in the reserves as a NCO and after college received a commission became an officer and branched Armor (because he wanted to be combat arms but hate being cold and wet – hence no infantry.) CPT Rizer went to law school, and deployed to Iraq in 2005 shortly after graduating (as a combat arms officer, not as a JAG). CPT Rizer was attached to the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Mar Div, USMC and later to the 1st Mar Div, USMC in Fallujah and was embedded with a battalion in the Iraqi Army’s “Special Forces Division”
On August 22, 2005 CPT Rizer was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), the IED wounded 3 Americans (him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)) and 16 of his Iraqi soldiers (most of which died from the burns they received.) It was a very up close and personnel view of the horrors of war. Throughout his 15-month deployment he saw worse, including witnessing the death of several of his friends. Yet through it all, he was amazed by this nation’s young Americans – they are asked them to do incredible things every day – and they do it, no questions asked.
Today CPT Rizer is a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has found that exercise is the best therapy for his chronic medical conditions that resulted from the TBI. His goal of competing in triathlon will motivate him to keep up the hard work.