Phyllis J. Wilson enlisted in the Army as a Military Intelligence German linguist Voice Intercept Operator. During more than 37 years of active and reserve service, she has served at all echelons from tactical to strategic including more than seven years at U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL as a senior intelligence analyst in support of Information Operations focused on the War on Terrorism, deploying to Iraq in support of a highly specialized Joint Special Operations Task Force. She served as the 5th Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) for the United States Army Reserve. Phyllis also served as a Military Fellow for the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group.
Phyllis Wilson holds a master’s degree in Management from Webster University, two Bachelor of Science degrees: Nursing (registered nurse) and liberal arts (Sociology/German) and three Associate of Science degrees. She maintains her R.N. licensure in Florida and Virginia. She has attended the Defense Language Institute for German and Spanish and has completed all levels of Army Warrant Officer Professional Military Education. In 2009, she studied at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, completing the graduate level Program for Advanced Security Studies.
CW5 Wilson’s award and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Army Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Badge.
Phyllis Wilson is an Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial – the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history from the Revolutionary War to today.
In 2018, Phyllis became the first Army Warrant Officer selected to serve as a member of the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Council of Trustees.
On March 8, 2017, CW5 Phyllis J. Wilson was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.