Marcus Phillips joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 2004 while still in high school, and trained as an airframe mechanic working on helicopters. Phillips was deployed to Combat Operations Base (COB) Adder in Tahil, Iraq from November 2009 to August 2010. While deployed, he serviced aircraft used for medical evacuation, and was assigned to a Downed Aircraft Recovery Team. Marcus is married to Sasha Phillips, whom he met while in Advanced Individual Training in Ft. Eustis, Virginia.
See also the interview with Marcus's wife, Sasha Phillips.
Marcus Phillips doing flight check in UH-60 Blackhawk over Iraq, summer 2010.
Marcus Phillips and his best man at his wedding in Macomb, IL, 10 October 2010. This was a few months after his return from Iraq.
10 October 2010