Army Staff Sgt. Anton R. Phillips, of Inglewood, Calif., was the father of three daughters. According to his memorial in the Military Times, his colleagues described him as a reliable team leader and a friend. On December 31, 2009, while 31-year-old Phillips was serving at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, someone stabbed him to death. Now, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
The Colorado Springs Gazette is reporting that the Army believes that someone in Colorado Springs has that information. While Army officials won't say why they believe that whoever knew what happened to Phillips may be in Colorado Springs, Phillips was serving alongside members of Fort Carson's 4th Brigade Combat Team, the Gazette reported.
Phillips was stabbed at about 8 PM, as he walked between a park at the base and his living quarters, the Criminal Investigation Command stated. No other information about the incident is being released at this time, in order to "protect the integrity of the investigation."
According to an Army memorial page, Phillips enlisted in the Army in 1998. He served two previous deployments -- one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He deployed with the 5th Maintenance Company in August of 2009. His awards and decorations included the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Vehicle Driver Badge and the Mechanics Badge. His promotion to Staff Sgt was given posthumously, the Gazette reported.
The Criminal Investigation Command asks that anyone with information regarding this case contact the Bagram CID Office via DSN: (318) 481-6567/6134 or email the CID Crime Tips at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil or contact the nearest Army CID Office.