Commanding Officer

CDR Ryan Phillips
Commanding Officer

CDR Ryan “Flip” Phillips is a native of Annapolis, Maryland and continued his pursuit to join the military in 1993 when he was sworn in as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned as an Ensign in May 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his wings in April of 1999 and was selected to fly the legacy tandem rotor H-46 Sea Knight.

At his first command, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ELEVEN in San Diego, he deployed to the Persian Gulf, Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea supporting U.S. Marines embarked on USS BOXER (LHD 4) and USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3).

His follow-on tour would be a milestone as the Navy retired the H-46 Sea Knight and transitioned to the MH-60S Knighthawk. He was selected to make the transition at the Fleet Replacement Squadron, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE, and to remain as a flight instructor. While stationed with HSC-3, he further pursued his education earning a Master’s of Science degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and began his military education studies in the Marine Corps Joint Professional Military Education distant learning program.

After HSC-3, he joined USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) on her maiden deployment in 2006. This disassociated tour had him fill two billets, Tactical Action Officer and Assistant Strike Operations. He would earn the title of Force Tactical Action Officer for Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

Upon selection for Department Head, he began an overseas tour in 2009 at Helicopter Sea Combat TWO FIVE located on Andersen AFB, Guam. Shortly after arriving, he was trained to employ the Navy’s new Armed Helicopter Kit as a Sea Combat Mission Commander and was assigned to deploy as the Officer in Charge of Detachment SIX embarked on USS ESSEX (LHD 2). Operating as a smaller detachment from Guam, the unit trained at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. While returning from the last exercise, his detachment was ordered to redeploy on short notice to Taiwan for disaster relief following the wake of Typhoon Morakot.

In March 2011, he reported to U.S. Pacific Command, Joint Intelligence Operations Center. The tour included one year as the J2 Senior Watch Officer where he was responsible for managing all-source intelligence, and providing the resulting indications and warning to CDR USPACOM. After supporting the watch, he transitioned to Southeast Asia Division overseeing Operational Intelligence requirements on political/military developments in Southeast Asia and Oceania.

CDR Phillips reported to the “TALONS” of VTC-12 as Executive Officer in February 2014. He has logged over 2,300 hours in various U.S. Navy aircraft and continues to complete his missions and goals with the love and support of his wife, Molly, and his two daughters Avery and Piper. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
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