Donovan D. Phillips, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Deputy Commander, Naval Service Training Command
Donovan Phillips is a native of North Royalton, Ohio. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering Management from
the US Military Academy, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He was commissioned
as a United States Army second lieutenant from West Point.
While on active duty in the Army, He served tours in Japan, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan,
along with stateside duty at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, West Point, New York,
and Monterey, California.
His staff and joint assignments include Chief of Staff, US Forces Japan; Director, Joint Operations Center, NATO Joint Forces
Command Brunssum, Netherlands; Director of Operations, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command
Afghanistan; Director, Strategic Planning and Transformation, U. S. Military Entrance Processing Command; and Advisor, National
Military Academy Afghanistan. Additionally, he twice served as an Assistant Professor at the U. S. Military Academy.
He has served four combat tours in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Restore Hope, and Enduring Freedom (twice).
He left active Army service in June 2019 and entered the federal civil service in December of that year.
Donovan’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (w/oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit,
Bronze Star Medal, and various unit and service awards. He is a graduate of the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced courses
and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.