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Phyllis J. Wilson

Maryland Ambassador

Name:  Phyllis J. Wilson

Hometown: National Harbor, MD

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Business Position:  President, Military Women’s Memorial

Civilian Education:  M.A., Management, Webster University; M.A., Public Administration, Excelsior College, B.S.N., Nursing, Excelsior College

Organizations/Clubs/Philanthropies: Board Member:, Association of the United States Army, Allied Forces Foundation, and Army Women’s Foundation. Life Member of United States Army Warrant Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the World Wars, Military Officers Association of America and Reserve Organization of America. Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants  

Civilian Honors: Hall of Fame, Army Women’s Foundation  

Military Retirement Rank and Date, Service and Key Positions: Chief Warrant Officer Five (2018), U.S. Army, 5th Command Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army Reserve; Senior Fellow to the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group

Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA) Phyllis J. Wilson joined the Army in 1981 and following training at the Defense Language Institute, she was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division, Germany as a German voice intercept operator. She was accepted into the Warrant Officer program and honed her technical Military Intelligence craft for nearly 30 years. ARA Wilson attended Airborne Training while assigned to Fort Bragg, NC. She has served at all levels of the military to include senior joint assignments and several tours at the Pentagon. ARA Wilson attended the Program in Advanced Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center in Garmisch, Germany. She is a Registered Nurse and has held numerous roles to include Director of Clinical Operations and Director of Nursing. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Parachutist badge, and the Army Staff badge along with numerous other awards. She is President of the Military Women’s Memorial Foundation, located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. The Memorial is the only major national memorial to honor and tell the stories of the 3 Million women that have defended the United States from the Revolutionary War to the present.

ARA Wilson has eight children, 4 of whom are combat veterans.