Col. Phil Lamb

Colonel Phil Lamb is the commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. As the commander, Colonel Lamb ensures mission essential support and services to units, service members, families, civilian employees, contractors and retirees -- which totals more than 290,000 people within 414,000 acres -- to ensure the resilience of our service members and their families.

As the commander, Colonel Lamb is responsible for installation management, facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, communication systems, security and law enforcement, fire protection, dining, lodging, recreational services, human resources management, supply and vehicle fleet management.

The son of a career Army officer, who attended middle school and high school in Lakewood, Washington, Colonel Lamb graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Creighton University, Nebraska, in 1999. He was a distinguished military graduate and was commissioned as an Army aviation second lieutenant.

Colonel Lamb has four operational deployments: aviation support platoon leader (Iraq - 2003), Apache company commander (Iraq - 2008), aviation brigade operations officer (Afghanistan - 2012), an aviation task force commander (Afghanistan - 2018). 

In 2008, Colonel Lamb was selected for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint Chiefs of Staff fellowship and received his master’s degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 2009. His Pentagon utilization tour included service as the deputy legislative assistant to the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, followed by service in the Headquarters, United States Department of the Army G-3/5/7 aviation directorate. 

After his first Pentagon tour, Colonel Lamb was stationed in Germany as a battalion and brigade operations officer. Subsequently, he returned to the Pentagon and joined the staff for the 38th and 39th Army Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, he worked in the joint staff, J-8 as the director of the Future Vertical Lift Joint Capabilities and Integration Cell.

Colonel Lamb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s Center for Creative Leadership Program and a recipient of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI certificate. He is an Army helicopter master aviator, qualified in the Bell OH-58 Kiowa, AH-64 Apache and Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota.

Colonel Lamb is a 2019 graduate of the United States Army War College earning a master’s degree in national security studies. Before his assignment to JBLM, he served as the senior aviation trainer at the Joint Multi-National Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. 

Colonel Lamb and his wife, Victoria (Tory), have two daughters – Charlotte and Gabrielle.