COL Phillip D. Sounia
Fort Bragg Garrison Commander

Colonel Phillip D. Sounia enlisted in the United States Army in 1989. He served as an M1 tank crewman in the 24th Infantry Division (Rapid Deployment Force). There, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy Prep School and later to the Academy. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. He received his commission as a second lieutenant of Armor.

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, he served as a tank platoon leader, the battalion mortar platoon leader, and the Headquarters and Headquarters Company executive officer with deployments to Korea, Kuwait (Operation Intrinsic Action) and Bosnia (Operation Joint Forge/Guard).

Upon promotion to captain, he attended the Infantry Officer’s Advance Course and was assigned to 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment - the Division Cavalry for the 1st Armored Division in Budingen, Germany. There, he served as the squadron’s assistant operations officer and as the commander of B Troop 1-1 Cavalry. He commanded the troop for over 24 months, deploying them to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom I) in April of 2003.

Upon return from Iraq, he served at the Joint Multinational Training Center as a battalion reconnaissance platoon OC/T, Infantry Company OC/T, and brigade reconnaissance troop OC/T.  During this assignment, he deployed to Hungary, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Georgia.

In Afghanistan, he served as the chief of operations and later the chief of plans for the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Regional Command – South (Operatopm Enduring Freedom V). 

Upon return from Afghanistan, he immediately deployed to the Republic of Georgia and established the Georgian Army’s Special Reconnaissance Forces preparing them for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

He returned to the U.S. in 2007 to attend the Command and General Staff College. There, he graduated as the class distinguished graduate - receiving the George C. Marshall Award, and completed his Masters of Business Administration. He continued his studies at the School of Advanced Military Studies earning a Masters of Military Arts and Science focused on National Strategic Studies in 2008.

He reported to the 82nd Airborne Division in January 2009. Sounia deployed to Afghanistan that April as the deputy director for the Commander’s Action Group (Operation Ednuring Freedom IX).  In January 2010, he deployed directly from Afghanistan to Iraq to serve as the operations officer for 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry (Airborne), 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

He returned from Iraq in August 2010 and served as the squadron executive officer. Sounia later served as the brigade executive officer for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.  In 2012, Sounia subsequently served as the commander for 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry (Airborne).

Following command, Sounia was selected the Army’s Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program, where he attended a Doctoral Program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, School of Public Policy.  Upon completion of his studies, he returned to Fort Bragg to serve as the director of the U.S. Army Forces Command Commander’s Initiatives Group.

Sounia's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab among others.