Vice Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He received a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University.
A career submarine officer, he served as a division officer on USS Bluefish (SSN 675), as engineer officer on USS Florida (SSBN 728) (Blue) and executive officer on USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716). His afloat command assignments were aboard USS La Jolla (SSN 701) and Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 15 in Guam.
For shore duty assignments, Sawyer served on the Joint Staff, Operations Directorate as a branch chief for anti-terrorism and force protection; deputy director for operations at Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; executive assistant to the deputy commander-in-chief, United States Pacific Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Submarine Force placement officer and assistant captain detailer; as an instructor at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, Atlantic; chief of staff of United States Strategic Command Special Activities and chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic.
As a flag officer, his tours include vice commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command; commander, Task Force 74/54; commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; and deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Sawyer assumed duties as commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Aug. 23, 2017.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.