Degrees and Certifications:
Grantham University Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management Associates of Science Degree in General Studies
Mr. Francis Ash
CW3(R) "Chief" Francis Ash began teaching at West Bladen in 2019. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he enlisted in the United States Army in February 1997 as a 13M (Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewman) and completed his Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sill, OK. After his training he remained at Fort Sill, and was assigned as an Ammunition Specialist in Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 12th Field Artillery. CW3 Ash has served in numerous leadership positions, to include Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team – Ground (ADAPT-G) Unit Movement Instructor to the Burundi Military Defense Forces Bujumbura, Africa, Malawi Defense Forces Salima, Africa, as part of a new program designed by US Army Africa (AFRICOM), 2nd Infantry Division, Division Targeting Officer, Field Artillery Intelligence Officer (FAIO), Field Artillery Radar Tech, Field Artillery Target Acquisition Platoon Leader, Field Artillery Support Platoon Sergeant, AFRICOM LNO Nairobi Kenya, Field Artillery Fires Platoon Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Field Artillery Fires Section Chief, Field Artillery Ammunition Section Chief, and Staff Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) for 1st Infantry Division, Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver (ADCM).
CW3 Ash’s assignments includes, West Bladen High School JROTC (SAI), South View High School JROTC (SAI), St Paul’s High School JROTC (AI), Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) OIC, 659th SMC, 264th CSSB, 3ESC, Electronic Missile Maintenance Tech, 101st BSB, 1ABCT, 1ID, 299th BSB, 2ABCT, 1ID, Unit Movement Officer Instructor for US Army Africa (AFRICOM), Electronic Missile Tech, 299th BSB, 2ABCT, 1ID, 2 ID Division Staff, (Camp Red Cloud, South Korea), G2/G3, 1 st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, (Camp Hovey, South Korea), Horn of Africa (Djibouti Africa), International Mine Action Training Center (Nairobi Kenya), 2nd Battalion 18th Field Artillery Regiment (Fort Sill, Oklahoma), 3rd Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment (Fort Jackson, South Carolina), 5th Battalion 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (Fort Sill, Oklahoma), Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Infantry Division (Bamberg, Germany), 1st Battalion 33rd Field Artillery Regiment (Bamberg, Germany), and 1st Battalion 12th Field Artillery Regiment (Fort Sill, Oklahoma).
CW3 Ash’s Military Education includes, Support Operations Course, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, Demonstrated Senior Logistician Certification, Global Combat Support System (GCSS) Course, Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team - Ground(ADAPT-G) Unit Movement Instructor Course, Integrated Computerized Deployment Systems (ICODES) Course, Transportation Coordinators Automated Information for Movement System II, (TCAIMS II) Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Electronic Missile System Technician Warrant Officer Advance Course, Action Officer Course, Electronic Missile System Technician Warrant Officer Basic Course, Joint Fire and Effects Course, Field Artillery Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, the Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Course, Asymmetric Warfare Weapons Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combative Level 1, Unit Prevention Leader Course, the Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Master Fitness Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Managers Development Course, and the Defense Reutilization Course.
CW3 Ash’s Awards and Decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Service Medal (5 th award), the Army Commendation Medal (4 th award), the Army Achievement Medal (6 th award), the Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd award), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2nd award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (2nd award), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Amy Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon (5 th award), the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Drivers Badge Wheel, and the Drivers Badge Track, 1 st Infantry Division General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, and The Samuel Sharp Award.
Degrees and Certifications:
Graduate of: Army Infantry School, Master Gunner School, Ranger School, Battle Staff, Recruiting School, and the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers' Academy Hodges University Associate Degree in Science
Mr. Vincent Phillips
Sergeant First Class (Ret) Vincent Phillips
SFC Phillips retired from the US Army with 20 years of active duty.
He enlisted as an Army Infantryman with an initial assignment in Germany. There he served as Team Leader, Radio Telephone Operator and Machine Gunner.
He was then assigned to Fort Stewart and served as a Bradley Gunner, Squad Leader, and Bradley Section Commander. While at Fort Stewart he was part of the initial forces sent to Saudi Arabia to stop the incursion of Iraqi forces into Saudi Arabia after they invaded Kuwait. In a lightning strike he Stormed across the Desert and was part of the forces that exiled Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait.
Afterwards, he returned to Germany where he completed Ranger School and was assigned as a Rifle Squad Leader, Section Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant. While there his unit was sent to Macedonia to serve with United Nations Protective Forces to guard the border between Macedonia and Serbia to prevent the war from spreading into Macedonia.
His last assignment was at Fort Stewart as a Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, and Operations Sergeant Major. While serving here his unit was part of the Thunder Run Strike into Baghdad which was the final assault to eliminate Saddam Hussein’s reign of Terror.
His awards and decorations consist of the Bronze Star with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge with Star, Gold Recruiting Badge and Drivers Badge.
Since retiring SFC Phillips taught Corporate Team Building Skills to numerous high level Companies, i.e. Dell, and Pepsi-Co. He also became a police officer with the Naples Police Department which got him involved with the Naples High School JROTC as a volunteer to help with the various activities they did. While an instructor at NHS he was awarded the Gold Instructor Award from Cadet Command and was the High School Teacher of the Year.
After instructing JROTC in 10 years he moved to North Carolina to be closer to family and now teaches at West Bladen HS.