COL Phillip C. Baker

Colonel Cain Baker is from Fayetteville, GA and a graduate from Auburn University. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch in 1996.

COL Baker’s assignments have included Platoon Leader positions in both 2nd Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division. While assigned to the 101st Airborne, COL Baker served as the Division G3 Air in support of Task Force Falcon IIIA, Kosovo. Following the Aviation Officers Career Course, COL Baker was assigned to 1-227th Aviation Regiment “First Attack”, Fort Hood, Texas as the assistant operations officer during the initial invasion of Iraq and assumed multiple Commands, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following command, COL Baker served as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center Fort Irwin, California.

COL Baker served in 3-101st Aviation Regiment as the Battalion Executive Officer and then the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Operations Officer (S3), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 09-10 from November 2008 to November 2009.  COL Baker served in the Pentagon as the Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), G3/5/7 Aviation Transformation Officer from July 2010 to June 2012. As the Battalion Commander of 1-227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, from July 2012 to September 2014, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom from January to August 2014. COL Baker served as the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade Commander, 1st Cavalry Division from August of 2016 to 2018, while deployed to Europe from November 2017 to July 2018. COL Baker recently served as the Principal Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 2018 to 2021.

COL Baker is married and has three children.