Oct. 7 , 2010
Phillips takes charge of Virginia Army National Guard
By Cotton Puryear
Virginia Department of Military Affairs
RICHMOND, Va. — Col. William R. Phillips, II, received his promotion to brigadier general Oct. 2 and took charge of the Virginia Army National Guard as the new Assistant Adjutant General for Army in a ceremony conducted at Fort Pickett.
Col. William R. Phillips, II, receives his promotion to brigadier general Oct. 2 and takes charge of the Virginia Army National Guard as the new Assistant Adjutant General for Army in a ceremony conducted at Fort Pickett. Phillips’ wife Renee and his mother Florence conducted the promotion along with Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long. Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)
Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, said that Phillips is the “right guy at the right time” who has “a lot of skill and talent and has certainly done a lot things that we can all be proud of.”
Phillips’ wife Renee and his mother Florence conducted the promotion along with Long. After the promotion, he thanked his family for their support, and also thanked several leaders Phillips served with during his Virginia Guard career for their leadership, mentorship, guidance and support.
Long announced Sept. 20 that Phillips would be promoted to brigadier general and assume responsibilities for the position from Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Huxtable, who is retiring after more than 30 years of military service.
"Brig. Gen. Huxtable's military service to the Virginia National Guard has been outstanding and I regret that he has decided to retire," Long said. "I also would like to thank him for the assistance, advice and sound counsel that he provided me during the past sixty days. I value his advice and am thankful that I can continue to rely on him in the future."
Huxtable will continue to serve the Virginia National Guard in his civilian capacity as the Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs.
Phillips most recently served as the commander of the 116th Brigade Combat Team during their deployment to Iraq.
"Col. Phillips brings a wealth of experience with him to his new assignment," Long said in his announcement. "He has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade level. He has also served on the DMA Joint Staff and has extensive experience with domestic response planning with our sister state agencies. His command, field and staff experience will serve him well in his new assignment."
Phillips enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1975 as a military police Soldier. He served in this capacity until 1979 when he enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard as a communications specialist. In 1980 he attended Officer Candidate School at the New Jersey Military Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant Aug. 31 1981.
Phillips commanded Company C and the Headquarters Company of 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment and also served as the battalion logistics officer, battalion operations officer, executive officer and eventually battalion commander. He also served as executive officer of 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division and deputy commander and commander of the 116th Brigade Combat Team.
Phillips has been awarded numerous awards to include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M (Mobilized) device, the Korean Service Medal, the Virginia Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.
He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Averett College and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.