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Captain Dean K. Phillips

Captain Dean K. Phillips personified integrity in all areas of his life, although in none so much as his military career. Upon graduating form Ohio University in 1967, he turned down a student deferment to attend law school. Instead, he enlisted in the Army as a concrete demonstration of his sincere belief that the draft law, particularly the student deferment, was inequitable.

Fighting with the 101st Airborne he earned a Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. Upon his return from Vietnam, Phillips attended law school and became a strong advocate for veteran's rights while serving in the Army Reserve.

In September 1982, Cpt. Phillips was appointed Commander, 11th Signal Company, Fort George G. Meade, MD. He assumed command of a unit suffering from poor discipline, low morale and a lack of motivation. Through his dynamic leadership, personal example, job knowledge and desire to excel, Cpt. Phillips turned the unit around. After a demanding inspection was passed, he introduced a series of new programs and continued improving the unit's morale and esprit-de-corps.

On 22 August 1985, Captain Dean Phillips died of cancer. On September 25, 1986, a drop zone at Fort Meade was named the Phillips Drop Zone in his honor. A tireless advocate on behalf of the military, Phillips' strong sense of integrity served as a model for all who served with him.

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