USAF Technical Sergeant Phillip A Myers, 30, of Hopewell Virginia. He graduated from Hopewell High School in 1996 and worked as a prison corrections officer in Virginia before he enlisted in the Air Force in 1999. Phillip had a protective attitude, whether it be for his family or his country. He had served in Iraq and Kuwait, serving on the explosive ordnance disposal team. He was also part of the EOD team to former President Bush, conducting bomb-sweeps in the capital. Phillip had nerves of steel and was well respected by the soldiers who served both under and over him. Currently assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, he died near Helmand province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was scheduled to come home in mid-May. Phillip was awarded a Bronze Star Medal on March 19, 2008, for bravery while serving in Iraq and he was the recipient of the 2008 U.S. Air Force Lupia Civil Engineer NCO of the Year Award. Phillip had been promoted from Staff Sgt to Tech Sgt just days before his death. He had not known of his promotion.