Don Phillips began serving as the Deputy Director for Policy in DLA Installation Management in August 2020. The Directorate is responsible for installation support activities including engineering, environmental support, property accountability, security and emergency services and morale, welfare and recreation for the Defense Logistics Agency’s worldwide enterprise.
A Pennsylvania native, Don received his commission through the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at Duke University in 1987. His military assignments included Operations Officer of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Irwin, California, Professor of Military Science and Leadership at Western Michigan University and Chief, US Army Rapid Equipping Force, Iraq. Don retired from the Army in 2010 and joined DLA Disposition Services in Battle Creek, Michigan. There, he served in a variety of duties including Branch Chief for Customer Support and Division Chief for Contingency Planning and Expeditionary Operations. Don deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom providing disposal operations support for north and central Afghanistan. From 2015 until 2019, he served as the Director for Installation Management at Battle Creek for 1200 DLA employees within the Hart Dole Inouye Federal Center and for DLA Disposition Services at over 100 sites worldwide.
Don is a 2019 distinguished graduate of the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy with a concentration in long term strategy. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, the Naval Supply Corps Advanced Management Program and the Leading Strategically Program. Don holds bachelors degrees in zoology and history and masters degrees in military arts and sciences and national resource strategy. His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, the Australian Chief of Defense Commendation and the DLA Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Don is married to Evelyn Lionel Phillips originally of London, UK and they have 3 adult children. His interests include military history, outdoor sports and support to international development.