Major General (State) Philip R. Fisher
184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC)
Major General (State) retired, Philip R. Fisher assumed command of the 184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Laurel, Mississippi on 1 April 2007. Prior to this assignment, Major General Fisher served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 184th from 4 August 2005 until he assumed command. Major General Fisher was promoted to Major General (State) and retired from the Mississippi National Guard in July 2012.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Major General Fisher received his commission through the Platoon Leaders Class of the United States Marine Corps in May 1976.
Major General Fisher served on active duty with the Marine Corps from 1976 to 1979, stationed at Camp Pendleton, California as a Weapons Platoon Commander, Platoon Commander and Assistant S-3.
Major General Fisher joined the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1980, serving with the 31st Rear Operation Center as an Operations Officer. In 1981, Major General Fisher entered the inactive reserve. In 1985, he re-entered the Mississippi Army National Guard with the 31st Rear Operation Center. Between 1985 and 2001, Major General Fisher served as an Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Officer, and Plans Officer. He commanded the 31st Rear Operation Center from September 1998 through May 2001. From May 2001 through November 2001, Major General Fisher served as the Drug Reduction Demand Officer for the Mississippi National Guard. From November 2001 through July 2003, Major General Fisher served as the Intelligence Officer (S2) for the 66th Troop Command. Major General Fisher joined the 184th Transportation Command Element in July 2003 as the Watercraft Officer and assumed the position of Deputy Commander in August 2005. Activated for duty during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Major General Fisher served as the Chief of Staff for Task Force Magnolia. In October 2005, Major General Fisher was ordered to duty for Operation Iraqi Freed
Major General Fisher’s military education includes the Training Basic School (USMC), Army Ranger School, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, the Transportation Course and the United States Army War College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Major General Fisher was ordered to duty for Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as the Commanding Officer of the Joint Sustainment Command – Afghanistan (JSC-A). As Commander of JSC-A, Major General Fisher commanded over 43,000 US military personnel, contractors and foreign nationals. This command was the largest combat command held by any Mississippian in the history of our State.
Among his awards and decorations are the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, and Ranger Tab.
Major General Fisher is a resident of Clinton, Mississippi. He is married to the former Kathy Davis of Enterprise, Mississippi and they have two children, son Brian (wife Mimmie, granddaughter Mary Elizabeth) and daughter Dana. Major General Fisher is retired from the Procter and Gamble Company. He is currently serving his second term as the District 4 Supervisor to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, Major General Fisher served four terms as an Alderman in the City of Clinton, Mississippi.
Article from Guard Detail, Summer 2012 issue