About the Expert
Colonel Phillip N. Ash, U.S. Marine Corps, is a career infantry officer who was commanded at every rank and level to date. Most recently, he served as the commanding officer of the 1st Marine Corps District, headquartered in Garden City, New York. His career includes operational deployments and staff billets in the operational forces, supporting establishment, and Joint Force.
Colonel Ash’s other commands include detachment commander in the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; company commander in the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, 29 Palms, California; commanding officer of the Marine recruiting station in Atlanta; and battalion commander of the Marine combat training battalion school of infantry west, Camp Pendleton, California.
Colonel Ash’s staff billets include aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the Marine Air Ground Combat Center; fire support and infantry tactics instructor in the Tactics Training Exercise Control Group; battalion operations officer for 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, 29 Palms, California; operations officer of Marine Barracks Washington 8th and I; and as the junior aide-de-camp to the commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington, DC.; regimental executive officer for the 1st Marine Regiment; task force executive officer for Task Force Belleau Wood, Camp Pendleton, California; J-5 planner USCYBERCOM; and director of operations for Joint Task Force ARES, the Marine Corps contribution to USCYBERCOM.
Colonel Ash was born in Milford, Delaware, and began his career in the U.S. Navy in 1989, serving as a as a reactor operator aboard the USS Jefferson City. In August 1993, he was selected for a NROTC Scholarship from the fleet and transitioned to attend Pennsylvania State University, after which he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Colonel Ash holds a master of military studies from the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA, and a master of science degree in government information leadership with concentrations in cybersecurity, long-term strategy, and diagnostic net Assessment from the College of Information and Cyberspace at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.