Jeffrey E. Phillips
Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association – MG US Army
Jeff Phillips has been executive director of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) since December 2014. With more than 50,000 members, Washington-based ROA is a congressionally chartered corporation promoting the development and execution of sound military policy for the US, with a unique focus on the nation’s reserve forces.
Prior to directing ROA, Mr. Phillips formed and directed the federal sales division for Smiths Medical, a medical device manufacturer. Previous federal services roles include civilian appointments as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, acting assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, and White House liaison in the Department of Veterans Affairs under President George W. Bush. He also served as communications director and subcommittee staff director in the congressional Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Now retired from the Army, Major General Phillips last served as the deputy commanding general (US Army Reserve) of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, VA. In this part-time position, he was responsible for ensuring that the Army Reserve’s requirements and capabilities were reflected in Army training and training doctrine. From 2011 to 2013, he served as assistant deputy chief of staff G1, the Army Staff section responsible for human resources. From 2009 until 2011, he was deputy commanding general (rear) of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA.
Mr. Phillips was commissioned in the Regular Army as a second lieutenant of armor in 1979. In addition to the US, he served in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Egypt, Honduras, Israel, Iraq, and Germany. He commanded an M-1 Abrams tank company in the 2nd Armored Division. In nearly 37 years on active and reserve duty, he served in operational, communications, and logistics staff positions from battalion through Army levels. His decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, and the Army Parachutist Badge. He shares in the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization while he served with them in the Middle East.
Mr. Phillips holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a M.A. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in journalistic studies from the University of Massachusetts.