Phillip Trezza is the oldest of three brothers and was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia and was eighteen when he enlisted in the United States Army in 2004. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron of the 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division out of Ft. Lewis, Washington. He served as the combat medic for 1st platoon, Crazyhorse Troop during operation Joint Task Force North, which is a multi-service operation by the United States Department of Defense for counterdrug and anti-terrorist operations in 2005, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad and surrounding areas during the “Surge” in 2006 and 2007.
Phillip earned several awards for these missions including the Combat Medical Badge for treating wounded during enemy engagements. He was also actively engaged in ground combat during operations in Diwaniyah, Iraq for which the unit earned the Valorous Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.
In 2008, Phillip moved back to Richmond, Virginia and transitioned into the Army Reserve. Phillip was called back to active duty in October, 2013 for a yearlong mission in support of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs in Seattle, Washington. The mission involved reviewing and improving the processes involved with completing Veteran disability claims. There was a great deal of congressional pressure to eliminate the backlog of claims. Phillip’s team was able to reduce the amount of time it took to transfer documents and files by 80% in only five months.
Upon return to Richmond in 2014, Phillip served as the non commissioned officer in charge of the Army Reserve’s 7202nd Medical Support Unit for two years and currently serves in the 7457th Medical Backfill Battalion.
Phillip is also employed by the state of Virginia as the program analyst for the Department of Veteran Services’ Military Medics and Corpsmen Program, which assists medically trained transitioning service members to gain employment in the civilian healthcare field.
Phillip holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and is currently pursuing his MBA.