Major General Phillip M. Churn Sr. serves as the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Reserve Matters. In this role, he advises the Chairman on all matters affecting Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserve Forces, functions as the Chairman’s Services’ Liaison on reserve matters, and participates in various defense forums, including the Reserve Forces Policy Board.
Major General Churn is a native of Washington, D.C. In 1983, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. Later in his career, he detailed to the Military Police Corps.
Major General Churn commanded and held numerous leadership assignments at the battery, battalion, brigade, joint task force, and theater command levels, throughout his thirty-five year career. Prior to assuming his current position, Major General Churn commanded the 200th Military Police Command; the largest military police formation in the DoD, supporting the Army Service Component Commanders and Combatant Commanders. His operational deployments include: Commanding General, 333d Military Police Brigade / Brigade Task Force Commander, Parwan, Afghanistan, and Director, Afghanistan Detention and Corrections Advisory Team, for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-435, Kabul, Afghanistan; J3, Deputy Director for Operations and Chief of Current Operations, for JTF-Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Battery Commander, HQs and Service Battery, 3d Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment (MLRS), XVIII ABN Corps, Fort Bragg, NC, during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Major General Churn is a graduate of the Dual Status Commanders’ Orientation Course, Joint Task Force Commander Course, Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course, CAPSTONE Course, U.S. Army War College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Command and General Staff College, DoD Professional Military Comptrollers Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advance Courses. Additionally, he possesses a Master of Strategic Studies degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Major General Churn’s awards and decorations: Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, and numerous other awards and decorations.