Chaplain (Colonel) Phillip F. Wright is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Command Chaplain since June 2013.
He was born in Ft. Eustis, Va., graduated from Groveton High School in Fairfax County, Va., in 1972 and enlisted in the Army for three years in the Airborne Infantry. He was the Honor Graduate in both Basic Training and Airborne School. He left the Army in 1975 with an Honorable Discharge; he then graduated from UCLA in 1982 with a bachelors in psychology and from Talbot Theological Seminary, BIOLA University’s Graduate School in 1986 with a Masters of Divinity in Theology. He was ordained on December 7, 1986, by the Evangelical Free Church of America in Pacific Palisades, Calif., in the denomination’s West District. He spent four years there with the last two years serving as the Pastor to Career Singles.
Chaplain Wright’s military education includes the U/S. Army Chaplain Basic Course, Chaplain Advanced Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, Airborne School; Ranger School, U.S. Army Jungle School, the Army Jumpmaster course, the Chaplain Resource Manager’s course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Division Chaplain course, the Chaplain Colonel's course and the U.S. Army War College, where he received a masters in strategic studies.
Chaplain Wright began serving as a US Army Chaplain in 1987 and served in 82nd Airborne Division as the 1-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) Battalion Chaplain. His other duty assignments include Battalion Chaplain, 1st Battalion 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Okinawa Japan; Battalion Chaplain, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Benning GA; Brigade Chaplain, 3rd Brigade, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; Chaplain Observer/Controller, Operations Group, National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA; Deputy Division Chaplain, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, HI; US Army Pacific (USARPAC) & Pacific Region Chaplain Personnel & Force Structure Chief, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii; Division Chaplain, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Command Chaplain, Combined Joint Task Force 76 (CJTF-76), Afghanistan and Director, Capabilities Development Integration Directorate, US Army Chaplain Center & School, Ft. Jackson, SC, Director of Operations, Office of the Chief of Chaplains -US Army Pentagon.
Chaplain Wright’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Ranger Tab, the Army Staff Identification Badge and Master Parachute Wings. He is also authorized to wear parachute wings from five other countries.