A native of Southern California, Rear Adm. Philip Greene, Jr. graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Greene is a 1994 graduate of the National War College (Master of Science in National Security Strategy) and a 1985 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School (Master of Science in Information Systems). In addition, he holds a merchant marine license as master (oceans, any gross tonnage).
Significant shore assignments include duty as chief of staff to commander, Naval Surface Forces; and chief, North East Asia/China Division, the Joint Staff/Political-Military directorate (J5). In addition, Greene has served tours at the U.S. Naval Academy; the Secretary of the Navy's Office for Legislative Affairs; and the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
Previously he commanded Destroyer Squadron 31 from November 2002 to May 2004, where he served as sea combat commander for the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other sea duty commanding officer assignments include the Spruance class destroyer, USS Fletcher (DD 992) from March 1996 to November 1997 and the patrol missile hydrofoil, USS Taurus (PHM 3) from July 1989 to June 1991.
Most recently (February 2008 to February 2009) Greene was commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa where he led operations to build regional security capacity and counter extremism in the Horn/East Africa. Prior to this assignment Greene served in Naples, Italy, as director for policy, resources & strategy, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa. He retired Oct. 1, 2010.
Greene has received various service and unit awards. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards).