Lieutenant Colonel Philip Boldt
U.S. Army War College Fellow
Lieutenant Colonel Boldt commissioned into the United States Army as an Aviation Branch officer in 2004 and received training as an Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot (AH-64D). Most recently, he served as the Division Chief, and previously as a Branch Chief, of the Communication Synchronization (Strategic Communication) Division of the J5 (Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate) of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) from 2020-2022. Lieutenant Colonel Boldt is a U.S. Army Reserve Officer and has a combination of active duty, full-time reserve, and traditional reserve assignments. A focus area of Lieutenant Colonel Boldt is developing and retaining Army Reserve leaders and helping them balance reserve duty with civilian commitments. Lieutenant Colonel Boldt has served at multiple military headquarters including The Joint Staff J8 (Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate) at the Pentagon where he focused on Force Protection from 2018-2020. At the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), he served as the Executive Officer to the SDDC G3 (Chief of Operations) from 2013-2015. From 2011-2013 he served as an aviation planner at United States Army- Europe (USAREUR). Lieutenant Colonel Boldt also worked at Army Cyber Command and focused on Defensive Cyber Operations from 2016-2020 for his civilian employment. From 2016-2018, Lieutenant Colonel Boldt served as the Brigade Executive Officer for 1 st Brigade, 78 th Division. From 2009-2011 Lieutenant Colonel Boldt was stationed in Germany as a Company Commander. Lieutenant Colonel Boldt served as an Apache Attack Helicopter (AH-64D) Platoon Leader and Assistant Operations Officer in the 82 nd Airborne Division from 2006-2009. He deployed for 15 months to Iraq from 2006-2007 during the surge. He focused on countering the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat to coalition forces and providing air support. He has approximately 700 combat flight hours in the AH-64D.
Lieutenant Colonel Boldt graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History; he was also a member of the University Honors Program. Additionally, he holds a Master of Military Arts and Science degree (focus area West Africa) from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The title of the thesis was “American colony in Africa: lessons learned from other former colonial powers in West Africa that can be applied to the United States' relationship with Liberia.” LTC Boldt is also a graduate of the Airborne School, Pathfinder School, the Reserve Component National Security Course (RCNSC), and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School-Hybrid (JCWS-H). Lieutenant Colonel Boldt is married and has two children.