Christiansburg native promoted by vice president to Navy Commander


A Christiansburg native was promoted to Commander in the U.S. Navy Monday and the news was shared by Vice President Mike Pence on social media. 

LCDR Matt Phillips was congratulated personally and on social media by Vice President Mike Pence for his promotion to Commander in the U.S. Navy. The Vice President administered the oath to him in front of his family and friends. 

Phillips released the following statement to WFXR:

“Serving in the Office of the Vice President this last year as a White House Fellow has been my highest honor. I’m so very humbled by this experience and recognition – I am truly luckier than I deserve. I look forward to applying the lessons in leadership I’ve learned here in the highest levels of government as I return to serve my country in the world’s finest Navy!”

Phillips is from Christiansburg, Virginia but left for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 and has been in the Navy ever since.

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