Stephen Phillips is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician at EOD Mobile Units Six, Eight, and Ten. During his naval career he deployed to Haiti, Somalia, the Arabian Gulf, and the Balkans, and has served in the Global War on Terrorism. His first novel Proximity: A Novel of the Navy’s Elite Bomb Squad was awarded the Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal in 2008.