A native of Ellington, Connecticut, CAPT Philip Brock graduated from Norwich University in May 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer.
Brock reported to Fighter Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VF-31) at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego in August 1994 and deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). In 1996, he was selected to attend flight school in Pensacola, Florida; completed advanced multi-engine training with the VT-31 Wise Owls at NAS Corpus Christi; received his Naval Aviator wings in July 1998; and completed initial P-3C training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Florida, in July 1999.
His first tour with Patrol Squadron TWENTY-SIX (VP-26) in Brunswick, Maine, included deployments to Puerto Rico; Keflavik, Iceland; and Sigonella, Sicily. Brock then reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) where he earned his designation as an Orion Weapons & Tactics Instructor (WTI) and a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Following refresher training at the Fleet Replacement Squadron, Brock reported to Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) for department head duty. He served as officer-in-charge of the Ali, Iraq, detachment and operations officer during a dynamic deployment to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
Next, Brock reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving in both J-5, Deputy Director for the War on Terror and J-3, Deputy Director for Special Operations. During his time on the Joint Staff, Brock completed the Naval War College distance learning, earning a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Brock reported to NAS Whiting Field in December 2009, where he served as Training Squadron THREE’s executive officer and commanding officer as the squadron transitioned from the T-34 to the T-6B primary training aircraft. During his tenure as commanding officer, the “Red Knights” received the 2012 Training Excellence Award, the 2012 Vice Admiral Robert Goldthwaite Award for Training Excellence, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Brock reported to Commander, Task Force 74, in Yokosuka, Japan, in 2013 as the deputy chief of staff for Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare. Following CTF-74, Brock reported to the OPNAV staff to serve as the CNATRA requirements officer for the Director of Air Warfare, N98.
Brock assumed command of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on July 20, 2017.