Brig. Gen. Philip A. Garrant is the Deputy Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. As Deputy Commander, he is responsible for assisting the commander in managing the research, design, development, acquisition and sustainment of space and missile systems, launch, command and control and operational satellite systems. The Space and Missile Systems Center is the nation’s center of technical expertise for military space acquisition with more than 5,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $6 billion.
Prior to assuming his current position, General Garrant was the Director of the Space Superiority Directorate where he equipped U.S. forces with space control systems to gain, maintain and exploit space superiority.
General Garrant received his commission from the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Maryland in 1991. During his career, he has served in a variety of acquisition positions including Systems Engineer, Program Manager, Program Element Monitor, Squadron Commander and Senior Materiel Leader.
1991 Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
1995 Master of Science, systems management, Capitol College
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2004 Master of Science, systems engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2011 Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
2014 Enterprise Leadership Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2016 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
1. March 1992 - June 1995, Systems Engineer then Program Manager, Document and Data Networks Division, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
2. June 1995 - June 1999, Systems Engineer then Program Manager, Data Masked
3. June 1999 - March 2001, Air Combat Training Manager, Weapons and Tactics Branch, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
4. March 2001 - June 2002, Executive Officer, Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany
5. August 2002 - August 2003, Program Manager, F-16 Structures Branch, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah
6. August 2003 - September 2004, Intermediate Developmental Education Student, Systems Engineering Department, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. September 2004 - July 2006; Chief, Advanced Sensors Branch; Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Rosslyn, Va.
8. July 2006 - June 2007; Chief, Predator, Reaper, and Big Safari Programs Branch; Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Rosslyn, Va.
9. June 2007 - June 2009, Commander, 689th ARSS, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
10. July 2008 - January 2009; MNC-I C-8 Acquisition Liaison Officer; Camp Victory, Baghdad
11. June 2009 - June 2010; Deputy Director, 808th ARSG, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
12. July 2010 - June 2011, Senior Developmental Education Student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
13. July 2011 - May 2014, Senior Material Leader, EELV Systems Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
October 2013 - April 2014; Deputy Director for Regional Teams, Operational Contract Support and Chief, Audit Readiness; Headquarters USFOR-A; Kabul, Afghanistan and Al Udeid, Qatar
May 2014 - June 2017, Director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
June 2017 - present, Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2008 - January 2009; MNC-I C-8 Acquisition Liaison Officer; Camp Victory, Baghdad, as a lieutenant colonel
2. October 2013 - April 2014; Deputy Director for Regional Teams, Operational Contract Support and Chief, Audit Readiness; Headquarters USFOR-A; Kabul, Afghanistan and Al Udeid, Qatar, as a colonel
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
“What are the Lessons from using Airpower in Counterinsurgencies?” Army War College, 2011
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 23, 1991
First Lieutenant Oct. 19, 1993
Captain Oct. 19, 1995
Major Aug. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel Sept. 1, 2011
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2017
(Current as of August 2017)