Peter Phillips

Captain Peter C. Phillips, a 1989 graduate of Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets, serves as the deputy commandant of cadets for 1st Battalion.

During his U.S. Navy career, he completed 14 combat deployments to 59 countries and six continents, contributed to 19 operations in 28 countries, and led three Joint Special Operations Task Forces. 

A Navy SEAL, his assignments included building the four newest Naval Special Warfare Commands. He also served as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group.  

After his naval career, CAPT Phillips became the chief executive and operating officer for a global aviation and logistics company, with eight offices on four continents and over 1,000 employees. In this role, he directed three aviation companies with over 30 aircraft completing the most air medivacs on the African continent while supporting the air logistical movements for U.S. and British governments, and the UN. He also managed two trucking companies with over 1500 trucks.  

CAPT Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree in history and was a member of the Naval ROTC. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where he earned his master’s degree in national security strategy. 

CAPT Phillips has been awarded 33 medals, including five Bronze Stars and four Combat Action Ribbons.

His son is a senior cadet in the Corps.


Captain Peter C. Phillips (Ret.)

Captain Peter C. Phillips (Ret.)