Col. Phil Bossert
July 6, 1959- October 3, 2013
INDUCTED IN MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOLS HALL OF FAME 2004
Col. Philip A. Bossert, Jr. (Ret), Massapequa High School Class of 1977, passed away early Thursday morning October 3, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife Anita, son Andrew and daughter Stephanie.
Phil graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982 as a Second Lieutenant. During the ensuing years he received a Masters of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude from Old Dominion University; a Masters of Military Art and Science from U.S. Army CGSC; a Master of Public Administration, summa cum laude, Auburn University; and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
From 1983 through 1987 he was a CT-39B aircraft commander and C-21A instructor pilot out of Langley AFB in Virginia; from 1987 through 1991 he was a C-141B instructor pilot and wing combat plans officer at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. In 1991, Phil had assignments in Colorado, Kansas, and Illinois, and by 2000 he was a Lieutenant Colonel and was the Commander of the 821st Air Mobility Squadron out of McGuire AFB.
Shortly after 9/11 Bossert was deployed to Bagram Air base outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. At one point, he was the highest ranking officer at the air base between December 2001 and February 2002. After Afghanistan, Phil became the Chief of Training and Exercises for the NATO Interim Deployable Air Operations Center at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He was bumped to full bird Colonel in 2004 at which time he became Commander of the USAFE Air Mobility Operations Control Center in charge of the C-141 fleet for Europe and the Middle East, also at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Among his many awards and decorations are the following; the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Medal, Air Force Organizational Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia & Kuwait).Phil will be laid to rest at the Air Force Academy where he not only graduated with honors but also taught for several years. It was his childhood dream to be a pilot and to attend the academy. It seems only fitting that he to be buried there to soar with the eagles. His daughter Stephanie is a second year cadet and is caring on Phil’s legacy of service to God and Country.
Phil had a focus and a drive to him that was relentless; he was detail oriented. His assignments took him all around the globe and he had a thirst for knowledge. Aside from the aforementioned masters’ degrees, he had also served on the faculties of the Air Force Academy and the University of Houston and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Phil published 97 articles, book reviews, and editorials on various topics. He also had published two books and was currently in the process of working on his third book about his three deployments to Afghanistan.
Phil, who was 54, will be buried on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the U.S Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There will be a mass at 10:00 AM followed by the burial at 11:00 AM at the U.S. Air Force Academy cemetery. Phil had requested that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. The family would ask that you do so in Honor of Colonel Philip A. Bossert, USAF (Ret). Here is the link to the Wounded Warrior Project donation page