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Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18


Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18


MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

Executive Officer

Major Lynwood K Phillips Jr

Major Lynwood K Phillips Jr was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Upon graduation from high school he reported to MCRD Parris Island for recruit training.  Following six years of active duty as a satellite communications operator and Marine Security Guard, he left active duty to pursue a college degree.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, he reported to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in December 2002.

Second Lieutenant Phillips reported to The Basic School in January 2003 and graduated with B Company, Basic Officer Course 03-2.  In December 2004 First Lieutenant Phillips reported to MCAGCC Twenty-Nine Palms to attend the Air Defense Control Officer Course.  Following graduation, he reported to Marine Air Control Squadron 2 (MACS-2) at MCAS Cherry Point for duty.  While assigned to MACS-2, First Lieutenant Phillips served as a Crew Officer in Charge and Operations Officer in the Tactical Air Operations Center and earned qualification as a Senior Traffic Director. 

In December 2005 First Lieutenant Phillips was assigned to temporary additional duty with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 (VMU-2).  While assigned to VMU-2, First Lieutenant Phillips completed two consecutive squadron deployments to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, serving as an unmanned aerial vehicle mission commander.     

After returning from his second deployment with VMU-2, Captain Phillips was transferred to Marine Air Control Group 28 headquarters, where he was assigned as the group’s Detachment OIC for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU).  While deployed with the 26th MEU, the MACG Det supported three theater security cooperation exercises with host nation military forces in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. 

After returning to MACG-28 in May 2009, Captain Phillips received permanent change of station orders to MCAS Miramar for duty with Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38 (MTACS-38).  While assigned to MTACS-38, Captain Phillips earned qualification as a Senior Air Coordinator in the Tactical Air Command Center, completed a deployment to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.

In September 2012 Capt Phillips reported to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory at Marine Corps Base Quantico and was assigned as a project officer within the Aviation Combat Element Branch, Science and Technology Division.  In March 2013 Capt Phillips assumed the duties as head of the Aviation Combat Element Branch.  In September 2013 Major Phillips was promoted to his present rank.

In July 2015 Major Phillips reported to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18 (MTACS-18) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and assumed the billet of Tactical Air Command Center OIC.  During this period, MTACS-18 supported multiple 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) exercises throughout the Pacific Command area of responsibility.  In April 2016 Major Phillips assumed his current billet of Executive Officer.

Major Phillips’ personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), and two Certificates of Commendation.