Donovan D. Phillips, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Deputy Commander, Naval Service Training
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
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.