Nick Phillips, LT
My name is Lieutenant Nick Phillips, and I am currently serving in the United States Coast Guard. I decided to join the military because of my passion for helping others and public service, and I wanted to give back to the country that has given me so much. I spent two years off the coast of Central America conducting counterdrug operations and combating transnational criminal organizations (TCOs). Being the lead boarding officer for multiple counterdrug interdictions downrange in the eastern pacific, it made me proud knowing that our unit had a direct impact on the national defense by interdicting harmful narcotics before they could reach our shores. Throughout my four years of service, I have received the CG Achievement medal, CG Special Operations Service ribbon, CG Letter of Commendation, Meritorious Team Commendation award, Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, and the CG Sea Service Ribbon. Fitness is a HUGE part of my daily regiment as an active duty military member. While deployed, it is our one outlet to be able to relieve stress and take our mind off of the mission for a little. While at home, it allows us to build unit camaraderie and maintain the peak physical condition needed to do our jobs and be able to respond and deploy at a moment’s notice.