Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law

Major Kyle G. Phillips, USMC

Assistant Professor, Military Law
Associate Chair, Department of Leader Development and Research

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6046
  •  E-mail:
  •   Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law, Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402-5022

Major Phillips was commissioned on 15 May 1998 through the Naval ROTC program at Villanova University. Following the Basic School, he attended Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, VA. In April 1999, 2ndLt Phillips was assigned as Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon, Kilo Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, CA.

As a Weapons Platoon Commander, he deployed with the 13th MEU (Special Operations Capable) in August 2000 during which time he participated in Humanitarian Relief Operations in East Timor and security missions during Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE, the recovery and security of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.

Returning from deployment in February 2001, he served as a non-lawyer trial counsel and Administrative Board Recorded for the Legal Services Support Section (LSSS), 1st FSSG. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, then 1stLt Phillips returned to 3d Battalion, 1st Marines as the Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Liaison Officer.

1stLt Phillips was selected for the Funded Law Education Program (FLEP) and entered Rutgers-Camden School of Law in August of 2002. During Law School, Captain Phillips served as a trial counsel during summer TAD in MCB Quantico and LSSS, 2d FSSG. Captain Phillips also served as the director of the Law School's VITA program and a volunteer in the Bankruptcy Pro Bono project.

Upon completion of Law School and Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island in 2005, Captain Phillips was assigned as Defense Counsel, LSSS, 2d MLG aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, NC. In December 2006, Captain Phillips deployed to Iraq, first as the Deputy Judge Advocate for Regimental Combat Team – 2, and then as a Battalion Judge Advocate with BLT 2/4 and Task Force Tarawa. In July 2007, Captain Phillips assumed duties as the Operational Law Chief, II MEF(Fwd), Multi-National Force – West.

Upon returning from OIF in February 2008, Captain Phillips served as a prosecutor, LSSS, 2d MLG. Promoted to Major in July 2008, he was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in August 2008.

Major Phillips deployed to Afghanistan in November 2009 as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. During the 2d MEB deployment, Major Phillips participated as the operational planning team member for Operation MOSHTARAK, a major offensive to reduce the Taliban control of Marjah in Helmund Province.

Returning from Afghanistan, Major Phillips again assumed duties as the DSJA of Camp Lejeune until his assignment as a Student at the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College.

Major Phillips graduated Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Villanova University, earning his J.D. (With Honors) from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. Major Phillips graduated from Marine Corps Command and Staff College as a Distinguished Graduate, earning his Masters in Military Studies (With Distinction), Major Phillips assumed his duties as Assistant Professor of Military Law in the Leadership, Ethics and Law Department and as Associate Chair, Leader Development and Research at the United States Naval Academy.

Major Phillips' awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of 4th Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and numerous campaign and service awards.

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