We are at USAG Wiesbaden in Germany. I am serving as the Resource Manager for the installation Religious Support Office. Writing contracts and taking care of money is what I do now.
We get our furniture on September 8. It will be nice having more than what we brought in our suitcases.
The housing arrangement is not what we are used to. We live in a military housing area located about 6 miles from the post where I work. We live in a 4 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. The development has a fence around it but there are no gates so cars and pedestrians go through the development all the time. We didn’t have a choice where we lived so we have to make the most of what we have. The name of the development is Aukumm.
We attend the traditional protestant service on post but have been filling in for the Gospel Service since they are short personnel. Protestant Women of the Chapel will begin this month. It is a small group of ladies. The Chaplain’s spouses meet monthly. There is plenty of work to be done with the chapel ministries. We are slowly getting integrated.
Currently, I am stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and am assigned to the 86th Combat Support Hospital. I am active in serving the unit and providing guidance to two two subordinate chaplains. Deanna is active in the Family Readiness Group and serves as their treasurer. I also serve as the sponsor for the Protestant Women of the Chapel and Deanna is an active participant.
I am stationed at the United States Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea. I am here with my wife for 2 years. I will finish my tour during the summer of 2014. I am assigned as the Brigade Chaplain for the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade. I am responsible for giving advice to the Brigade Commander on all religious issues and I have the pleasure of mentoring 3 Battalion Chaplains.
I am the pastor of the Traditional Protestant Service on post and the majority of those who attend are Korean. Deanna organizes and teaches Children’s Church and finds it a great challenge to teach children who prefer to speak Korean rather than English. Deanna and I work with the AWANA program on post. We both work with T&T children.
Our three children remain in the US. Our youngest just started college while another will graduate in December. Our other daughter is currently working in Indianapolis. I have been absent rather often from our family due to Army training and deployments but this is the first time that my wife and I both have been absent from our children. It has been difficult at times as we attempt at a distance to help our children navigate some of the most difficult transitions of their lives. We didn’t plan on moving to Korea but we have learned that God’s plans aren’t always, or usually, our plans. We are grateful that He continues to pour out his grace on us and our family as we serve Him.
Biography – 2012
Chaplain (MAJ) Carl Phillips grew up in western Pennsylvania and graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. In 1988 he graduated with an M.A. and M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary. He was ordained as an elder in the Brethren Church and served as a pastor from 1988 to 1998. In 1998 he was accepted on active duty as a Chaplain and was commissioned as a Captain in the Air Force. In 2007 he separated from the Air Force and entered the Army. He is currently endorsed by the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
CH Phillips was initially stationed at Scott AFB, IL (1998-1999) and later moved to Andrews AFB, MD (1999-2004). He was a secondary responder to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and was a part of the stress management team following the attack. He was deployed with the Air Force to Fairford, the UK in 2002 and to Ali Air Base, Iraq in 2006. He was also stationed at F.E. Warren AFB (2004-2006) and then became the Senior Protestant Chaplain in charge of the Protestant Chapel program at Edwards AFB, CA (2006-2007). Upon entering the Army, CH Phillips was assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion (combat effects) at Fort Carson and was deployed to Iraq and then to Afghanistan (2009-2010). He graduated from the Command and General Officers Course and is serving as the Sr. Chaplain of the 86th Combat Support Hospital.
He is married to the former Deanna Holsopple of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. They have been married for 30 years. They have twin daughters, Lynnea and Leah, and one son, Luke.