Phillip S. Bemis
Master Gunnery Sergeant Phillip S. Bemis, USMC (RET) successfully retired from the United States Marine Corps after 30 years of honorable and faithful service. He served as a Marine Corps Infantry Unit Leader and as a Light Armored Vehicle Crewman. He has served in all four Light Armored Vehicle Battalions over his thirty-year career with deployments in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, four deployments in support of Iraqi Freedom and his last in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Afghanistan. The majority of his career was dedicated to the Light Armored Vehicle Community by providing his technical expertise to several emerging concept programs such as the newly fielded Electric Drive Turret, Improved Thermal Sight System (ITSS II), Advanced Gunnery Training system (AGTS), and, prior to retiring in 2016, he was instrumental in the Anti-Tank Modernization program (ATM) that should field to the United States Marine Corps in fiscal year 2018. Mr. Bemis currently is the Founder and Co-chairman of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association. Originally formed in 2012, and after reconnecting with former Light Armored Reconnaissance service members, the association was officially chartered and recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization in the fall of 2016.
Mr. Bemis has been actively pursuing memberships as well as fellowship within the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association by establishing a Living Memorial that will forever foster the memories of those Marines that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Phil is committed to developing and providing the very best organization that will look out for Marines and Sailors of the forever storied First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion both past and present.
Phil currently resides in Southern California.