Moving On Up

By Marjorie Censer / October 22, 2009 at 5:00 AM

The Pentagon announced today that Army Brig. Gen. William Phillips has been nominated for a third star and assignment as military deputy and director of the Army Acquisition Corps in the service's acquisition office.

Phillips is the commander of Joint Contracting Command for Multinational Forces-Iraq. He was on the list of brigadier generals nominated for second stars released Oct. 15, but today's announcement says he's due for three stars if he's confirmed by the Senate.

The move is "highly unusual for that position," a congressional source told today. "It means they bypassed all the current two-star acquisition officers in the Pentagon and elsewhere."

Before assuming his post in Iraq, Phillips served as commanding general of Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, commander of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and the program executive officer for ammunition; and as deputy program executive officer for aviation at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, according to the Picatinny Web Site.

He also was the director of unit set fielding for the Army G-8 from 2001 to 2004.