Rear Adm. (ret) Bob Phillips assumed command of the First Naval Construction Division/Naval Construction Forces Command on November 5, 2004 for his final assignment. He reported from Washington, D.C., where he first served as Vice Commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Assistant Chief of Civil Engineers, and later as Deputy Director of the Ashore Readiness Division (OPNAV N46A). He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Carnegie Mellon Program for Executives. Rear Adm. Phillips’ earlier assignments include: Assistant Public Works Officer and Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.; Public Works Shops Engineer and Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Naval Weapons Support Center, Crane Ind; and Construction and Facilities Support Contracting Instructor, Civil Engineer Corps Officers School, Port Hueneme, Calif. In 1983, he was transferred to U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) Four where he served as the Operations Officer. During this tour, NMCB Four won the Pacific Fleet "Best of Type" award and was recipient of the Peltier Award as the outstanding Seabee Battalion in the Navy. Following this assignment, Rear Adm. Phillips reported to Naval Construction Battalions, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Hawaii as the Guam Operations Officer. In addition to coordinating the construction operations of Seabee Battalions deployed in the Pacific Theater, he was also actively involved with disaster relief exercises in the Solomon Islands and Rarotonga. In 1988, he was transferred to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C., as the Civil Engineer Corps Lieutenant Commander Detailer. In 1990, he assumed the duties of Public Works Officer and Officer in Charge of Construction at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va. From June 1993 through May 1995 Rear Adm. Phillips served as the Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five. During this tour, NMCB Five won 1993 and 1994 Pacific Fleet "Best of Type" awards, the 1993 Silver Anchor award, and the 1993 Peltier award. From June 1995 to October 1995 he was temporarily assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Civil Engineer Corps Officers School, and then reported to the Naval Construction Battalion Center, where he served as the Executive Officer until March 1997. After attending Italian language training in Monterey, Calif., and Perugia, Italy, Rear Adm. Phillips reported to Engineering Field Activity, Mediterranean, Naples, Italy, where he served as the Commanding Officer from September 1997 until September 1999. EFA Mediterranean provided comprehensive facilities engineering to Navy and defense activities within Europe, Northern Africa, and Southwest Asia, as well as contingency engineering support in Italy and the Balkans for JTFs Noble Anvil and Shining Hope. Rear Adm. Phillips was selected for flag rank in June 2000 while serving as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest Division in San Diego. Following that tour, he served as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic Division and Commander, Second Naval Construction Brigade from October 2000 until August 2002. He is qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer. His personal decorations include six Legion of Merit Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and a Navy Achievement Medal.