Philip's Military Service
Philip joined the Army nine days after the Sept. 11th attacks to answer the Nation's call. After spending two years in the Georgia Army National Guard and completing a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern History he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Philip was selected to attend flight school at Fort Rucker, AL. Doing very well in flight school, he was selected to fly the AH-64D Apache Attack Helicopter, the world's most complex and lethal combat helicopter.
After flight school, Philip was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as an Attack Platoon Leader in 3-101st Aviation Regiment. He deployed to Balad, Iraq where he flew combat missions and led his platoon through the difficult transition just before the surge. His unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for their combat actions and he was able to bring every one of his Soldiers home safely. After returning from Iraq, then Captain Singleton was selected to attend the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, a rare honor for Army Aviators.
Upon completion of this course, Philip returned to the 101st Airborne Division and deployed to Salerno, Afghanistan to serve as the battalion intelligence officer. Still flying the Apache, he was so successful in predicting and defeating the Taliban's Indirect Fire and Improvised Explosive Device teams that he was sent to DARPA upon return from combat to assist in the implementation of his methods in future Army Battlefield Combat Systems. Upon return from Afghanistan, he completed his Master's Degree in Aeronautics and was selected to command the elite helicopter company known as the Killer Spades. Alpha Company, 3-101st Aviation Regiment is most well know for Operation Anaconda in 2002.
Once again Philip deployed to Afghanistan, this time to Tarin Kowt in the heart of Southern Afghanistan, as the commander. Over the course of the deployment, Philip and his Killer Spades were overwhelmingly successful in finding and destroying high level Taliban leaders. Working directly with Australian and US special operations forces, they targeted Tier 1 targets across most of Afghanistan. His unit was once again awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation and despite many close calls, he returned every Soldier under his command home safely to their families.
Upon returning from his third combat deployment, Philip was sent to Hohenfels, Germany to train US and NATO forces on the proper tactics, techniques, and procedures for combat employment of attack helicopters and aviation assets. He spent the next two years traveling Europe and teaching doctrine to over 12 allied nations and their Soldiers. Continuing his success, he was selected to attend the US Army's Command and General Staff College, promoted to Major, and completed his Master's degree in International Relations.
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College as a distinguished graduate, MAJ Singleton was sent to Pyeontaek, South Korea to serve as the Deputy Operations Officer for the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, the only US Army Aviation Brigade in the Pacific designated to defend the Korean Peninsula from North Korean aggression. Over the course of two years in Korea, he participated in over twelve joint and multinational training exercises, was selected to serve as the brigade's executive officer, and re-wrote much of the attack aviation operations plan.
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