SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition

September 24-26, 2013

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Palais des congrés de Montréal
Lieutenant General William N. Phillips Lieutenant General William N. Phillips
Principal Military Deputy
Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Director, Acquisition Career Management

Presentation title: STEM: Sustaining Today, Inspiring Tomorrow's Youth

LTG William N. (Bill) Phillips became the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition Logistics and Technology) and Director, Acquisition Career Management on 1 February 2010. In his previous assignment, he was the Commanding General, Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan in Baghdad, Iraq from February 2009 to January 2010. Prior to that assignment, LTG Phillips served as Commanding General, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey; Program Executive Officer Ammunition; and Commander, Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command from May 2007 to January 2009. He also served as Deputy Program Executive Officer, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery on 28 May 1976, LTG Phillips entered Active Duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma serving with 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery. In 1979, he completed Rotary Wing Aviation Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama and was assigned to 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was later assigned to United States Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker joining the Aviation Branch. In 1986, LTG Phillips completed a Training With Industry tour with McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company in Mesa, Arizona and was assigned to Army Aviation Systems Command as the Contracting Officer for AH-64 Apache, AH-1, UH-1 aircraft, and Assistant Program Manager for Longbow Apache. He deployed as Chief of Contracting, Joint Task Force Bravo, Honduras. In 1991 he was assigned as Aviation Brigade S1, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea. In 1992, LTG Phillips was assigned as Chief of Flight Operations, Defense Plant Representative Office (DPRO), Boeing Helicopters, Philadelphia. From July 1994 to June 1996, he commanded DPRO McDonnell Douglas, Huntington Beach. In June 1997, LTG Phillips was assigned as Director for Information Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition) and managed the Army's Procurement Information Systems. He commanded Defense Contract Management San Francisco from September 1999 to June 2001. From July 2001 to August 2004 he served as Director, Unit Set Fielding and Acting Director of Integration for the Army G-8.

LTG Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Master of Science Degree in Procurement and Materials Management from Webster University, and Masters of Personnel Management, Troy State University. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College, Defense Systems Management College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Army Staff Identification Badge. In 2001, he was named the Army's Acquisition Commander of the Year.

LTG Phillips is a native of Bell Buckle, Tennessee and is married to the former Marilyn Hopkins of Shelbyville, Tennessee.