Phyllis Wilson

Special guest

Phyllis Wilson served 37 years in the Army as a Military Intelligence (MI) Voice Intercept Operator. She has served around the globe – visiting more than 35 countries – in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America. In August 1990, she was mobilized to support Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm and served with XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC. In December 2002, she mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom as a senior Counter Terrorism Analyst. She deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Intelligence Analyst with Special Operations.

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Phyllis J. Wilson served as the 5th Command Chief Warrant Officer for the United States Army Reserve and a key member of the Executive Team managing an organization of more than 200,000 personnel with an annual operating budget of more than $8 Billion. She was a Senior Military Fellow with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group focused on Global issues 2050 and beyond.

Phyllis is a Registered Nurse and holds two master’s degree, two Bachelor of Science degrees, three associate degrees, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She attended the Defense Language Institute for both German and Spanish. She is a graduate of the Program in Advanced Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center and School in Garmisch, Germany.

Her military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medals, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. In 2017, she was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.

She is President of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation – the only major national memorial honoring the 3 Million women who have defended America from the Revolutionary War to today. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Policy Vets; Allied Forces Foundation; the Army Women’s Foundation; and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). She is also a Senior Fellow at AUSA. Phyllis serves as an Army Reserve Ambassador for Maryland which is afforded the rights, privileges and protocol status of a VIP-5, a 2-Star General Officer equivalent.

Phyllis is a member of American Legion Post 2 in Washington DC, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the World Wars, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Navy, Women Marines Association, Reserve Organization of America, Military Women Across the Nation, Army Women Veterans Association, Military Officers Association of America, Disabled American Veterans, Air Force Association, U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association, the Mayflower Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, National Defense Industrial Association, and Women In Defense.

She has eight children: Joseph, Jeremy, Rebekah, Matthias, Rachel, Jared, Maria and Jesse. Four sons: Joseph, Jeremy, Matthias, and Jared are in the military and are all combat veterans. She has fourteen grandchildren.

Phyllis Wilson has been a guest on 1 episode.