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William C. Phillips


A photo of MCPO William Phillips, USCG (Ret)

Master Chief Petty Officer William C. Phillips served as the second Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force from August 31, 1994 until September 4, 1998..

In August of 1994, FSCM William C. Phillips became the second Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force.

MCPO PHILLIPS enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in September 1969 and attended basic training at Alameda, CA.  He served at Governors Island NY, Quoddy Head, ME and Southwest Harbor, ME, Loran Station Iwo Jima and aboard CGC Point Richmond in Anacortes, WA.

A Coast Guard Reservist beginning in September 1973, he attained the rank of Master Chief in March 1984.  MCPO PHILLIPS had several collateral duties while assigned to Group MSO Portland, OR including the RK Coordinator (High School students program), Chief Master at Arms, Boarding Officer, Career Counselor, Administration Assistant and Small Arms Instructor.

MCPO PHILLIPS was the senior enlisted advisor to the Director of Reserve and Training during a time when the Coast Guard Reserve was managing a significant reduction in force size and structure. In addition to these challenges the Reserve component was also transitioning from a traditionally run reserve force to an integrated force.  MCPO PHILLIPS’ was instrumental in establishing the Reserve Command Enlisted Advisor, now RCMC billets in the Reserve Personnel Allowance List, providing a dedicated pathway for Enlisted Reserve Personnel to become RCMC’s throughout the Coast Guard.  His enduring legacy is the steadying influence he provided to the workforce during these tumultuous times. 

Last Modified 1/12/2016