Adm. Phil Davidson is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He has a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Davidson will assume command of Commander, U.S. Pacific Command later this month.
As a surface warfare officer, he has deployed across the globe in frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. In his most recent assignment, he was commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command/Naval Forces U.S. Northern Command. Previously, he was commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, while simultaneously serving as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
His prior command assignments include command of Carrier Strike Group 8/Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Taylor (FFG 50).
Ashore, Davidson has served in fleet, interagency and joint tours as a flag officer; he was previously director, Maritime Operations, U. S. Fleet Forces Command, senior military advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the State Department, and deputy director for Strategy and Policy in the Joint Staff/J-5.
He served earlier in his career in policy, strategy and operations billets on multiple tours with the U.S. Pacific Fleet staff, Navy staff and the Joint Staff, and as the Navy’s military aide to the vice president of the United States.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V," a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State, and other personal, service, unit and campaign awards.