U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips, from Bell Buckle, Tenn., received his third star Feb. 19, during an Army promotion ceremony recognizing his longstanding and distinguished service to the United States of America and the U.S. Army, service officials said.

"Marilyn and I are deeply honored to have the opportunity to continue serving the world's greatest Army, our warriors and their families," Phillips said during the ceremony.

Speaking before a crowd of several hundred of Phillips' friends, family and supporters at the Pentagon ceremony, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. praised Phillips' dedication to the U.S. Army and -- along with assistance from Phillips' family members -- put on his third star.

As of earlier this month, Phillips has begun service as the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology -- a role which requires him to oversee a wide-range of activities and over $100 Billion in Acquisition programs.

including procurement, technological innovation as well as a host of Army research projects. Phillips' new responsibilities include oversight of the 43,000-strong acquisition workforce.

Praising Phillips' intellect, talent and character, Casey said the new three-star is well-suited to lead the acquisition workforce. "Phillips is a great leader who will help the Army acquire the best technologies for its soldiers," Casey said, referring to Phillips leadership of the 13 Program Executive Offices that comprise the acquisition community. "The ASA (ALT) vision is to equip and sustain the world's most capable, powerful and respected Army."

After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, Phillips thanked his many friends and supporters and expressed enthusiasm for his new position.

"The Army Acquisition Corps remains incredibly important to our Army, by putting capability into the hands of Soldiers so that they can complete the mission safely and efficiently. I am proud to serve alongside our Acquisition Corps professionals," he added.

Prior to serving in his current role, Phillips served as Commanding General, Joint Contracting Command -- Iraq/Afghanistan in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was responsible for overseeing wartime contracting with over $5 billion in annual awards. Phillips has also previously served as the Commanding General, Picatinny Arsenal, Program Executive Officer Ammunition, and Deputy Program Executive Officer for Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Throughout the duration of his 34-year military career, Phillips has received a host of awards for his distinguished service, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and Senior Army Aviation Badge.

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