Command Master Chief Philip Ibanez

U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Philip Ibanez is the Command Senior Enlisted leader to the Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) located on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. DTRA enables the Department of Defense, the United States Government and International partners to counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat networks. DTRA carries out its mission by providing subject matter expertise and material solutions to Combatant Commanders and military Services across a number of mission areas including the nuclear enterprise, building partnership capacity, improvised threats, treaties and on-site inspections, and countering threat networks.

Master Chief Ibanez’s previous Command Master Chief Assignment was at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Twelve in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This Unit was an Operational Deployable Task Group providing Command and Control of deployed EOD forces and C-IED enablers in support of Navy, Joint, Interagency, and Coalition Commanders across the full range of military operations.

Master Chief Ibanez entered the Navy in 1997 and, after completing a qualifying “A” school, entered directly into the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) profession. He has held numerous jobs within EOD to include operational tours at EOD Mobile Unit Five, EOD Mobile Unit Eight and Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has completed three training tours, one at Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (DEODS) in Chattenden, England under the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) where he ran the International Clearance Diver Course, one at EOD Training and Evaluation Unit Two as a Chemical Ordnance Instructor and finally at EOD Mobile Unit Two where he served as the training Master Chief in charge of all command training. He additionally completed a staff tour at Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) where he served as a Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction advisor to Commander SOCPAC.

Master Chief Ibanez earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from American Public University; a Bachelors in Homeland Security with emphasis in Terrorism Studies from American Military University; and a certificate in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness from American Military University. He is additionally a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Course.

His decorations include two Bronze Stars both with Valor and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals. Additionally, he was recognized by the EOD community as the first recipient of the Force Master Chief Anthony L. Santino Leadership Award.