A native of Beaufort, South Carolina CDR Phillips received a NROTC scholarship to attend The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he graduated with a BS in Health Policy and Administration and received his commission in 1997.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) in Sasebo Japan, where he served as Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer and later, hull swapped to USS JUNEAU (LPD-10). In December 1999, CDR Phillips reported to USS COLE (DDG-67) where he served as Fire Control Officer.
In December 2001, CDR Phillips reported to SWOSCOLCOM, Newport, RI and served as an instructor in both the Basic and Department Head courses. In November 2004, CDR Phillips began his first Department Head assignment as Chief Engineer in USS CARR (FFG-52). While assigned to CARR, he was a recipient of the COMNAVSURFOR Navy Leadership Award. In July 2006 he began his second Department Head Tour as the Maintenance and Materials Officer in the Staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron TWO.
CDR Phillips tours ashore include student at Naval War College in Newport, RI; Tomahawk/Strike Officer for Commander U.S. Second Fleet; Current Operations/Assistant Fleet Scheduler (N33) for The Deputy Commander U.S, Fleet Forces Command for Fleet and Joint Operations, CTF-20.
CDR Phillips awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.