Rear Adm. Philip E. Sobeck is a native of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, and enlisted in the Navy 1985 as a Machinist Mate (Nuclear). He is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Master of Science in Organizational Management from the George Washington University. He has also served as a fellow for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Strategic Studies Program.
He is a surface warfare officer whose sea assignments include USS Hawes (FFG 53), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS McFaul (DDG 74), Destroyer Squadron 50, and the First Combined United States and United Kingdom Destroyer Squadron (1 CDS) embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). He commanded USS Avenger (MCM 1), USS Ardent (MCM 12), USS Farragut (DDG 99), Destroyer Squadron 50, and Commander Task Force 55. During these tours, he was forward deployed nine times and participated in a multitude of Joint and Combined operations.
Assignments ashore include PERS 410B, Bureau of Naval Personnel; executive assistant to the commandant of midshipman; deputy director for Maritime Security (Political Military International Security Office, U.S. State Department); executive assistant to Chief of Naval Operations Executive Learning Officer; assistant deputy director Flag Officer Management and Detailing (PERS N00F); senior military assistant to Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness); deputy executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces; director, Future Fleet Design and Architecture OPNAV (N3/N5); military assistant to the 76th Secretary of the Navy; and special assistant to the director of Digital Warfare Office (N2/N6).
Sobeck became the director of the 21st Century Sailor Office OPNAV (N17) in May 2018.
His awards are based on being surrounded by incredible shipmates and they include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.