Bringing more real world “tactical” experience and international flair to the Gear Report team, Phil grew up overseas in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Bilingual in Spanish and English, he joins Josejuan in the Español division at Gear Report (or will, if we ever have one). A natural outdoorsman, Phil spent a lot of time fishing in Peru, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, hunting in Burma and camping everywhere. Phil is an avid sports shooter and owns several platforms in handguns, rifles and shotguns. He is beginning to train to participate in local shooting competitions.
Phil joined the US Army after a brief attempt at college, serving in a combination of active duty and the reserves for 22 years. Earned the Ranger Tab while in the 1st Ranger Battalion and participated in operations world wide in hostile and friendly countries. Also served time in traditional Infantry units, was an instructor for several US Army schools to include Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (BNCOC/ANCOC) and fundamental rifle and handgun marksmanship. Retired as a First Seargent from the US Army in 2004.
Currently a contractor working in Geospatial technologies. Phil is not phased by the often overtly belligerent work environment at Gear Report, having worked in hostile places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A current Virginia resident, Phil is an avid dog owner, Harley rider and fisherman.