BIOGRAPHY OF PHIL WEAVER
ATTORNEY AT LAW
HILL COUNTY, TEXAS
Phil Weaver was born in Falls City, NE, but his family later moved east where is\\his father worked for the federal government, He attended most of his early schooling in and graduated from high school in Silver Spring, Md. On graduation, Phil received a senatorial appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, from which he graduated on June 4, 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army of the United States as a Field Artilleryman.
UNITED STATES ARMY
After graduation, Phil entered active duty reporting first to Fort Benning, GA, then on to Fort Sill, OK for his initial training, and finally to his first assignment as a forward observer in a field artillery unit at Fort Sill, OK . In October, 1971, Phil deployed on a one year combat tour in the Republic of South Vietnam, including assignments to the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) as an artillery fire direction officer. He was later assigned to Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) as a Vietnamese advisor at Can Tho, Vietnam, in the Mekong Delta, where he accompanied his Vietnamese counterparts on inspections and investigations of South Vietnamese Regional Force/Popular Force units, particularly after enemy combat attacks or encounters . He also prepared reports on their operations and deployments. For his Vietnam service (Oct 71 - Oct 72), Phil was awarded the Bronze Star for "meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces".
After Phil returned to the United States, he was assigned to Fort Sill, OK where he served as a Pershing Missile Firing Platoon Commander. (The Pershing missile was a two stage intermediate range nuclear weapon, fired from mobile launchers. This weapons system was later a casualty of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union, which ordered all such land-based nuclear weapons destroyed.)
Phil's last active duty Army assignment was as a captain assigned as an instructor teaching a predominantly military tactics to American and foreign military officers in the Combined Arms Division at The Army Signal School, Fort Gordon, Georgia. In 1975, Phil left active duty, and was appointed as a captain in the Nebraska Army National Guard, serving on the staff of the Adjutant General at the State Headquarters, in Lincoln, NE.
Phil began law school in September, 1975 at the University of Nebraska College of Law at Lincoln, NE, and graduated in December, 1977, with the degree of Juris Doctor (JD). He was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in April, 1978. He later resigned his Army commission and subsequently applied for and was commissioned in the United States Air Force Reserve as a Judge Advocate (JAG) in the grade of captain. He practiced law briefly in Falls City, NE, before being recalled to active duty in the Air Force as an military lawyer (judge advocate) in December, 1980.
US AIR FORCE
His service began as a staff attorney at Eighth Air Force Headquarters, Barksdale AFB, LA. He later was assigned to the 317th Combat Support Group, Pope AFB, NC, where he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and Chief of Military Justice (chief prosecutor) for the base of about 3000 military population, with the additional duty as the government contract law attorney. Prior to his departure for his next assignment, he was promoted to the grade of Major.
An assignment to Headquarters, Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt AFB, NE, followed, where he was the Deputy Director of Civil Law. In this capacity he served as a consultant to the SAC Commander and other senior general officers at the headquarters on a broad spectrum of general civil law problems, including government contract and fiscal law matters, as well as ethics and standards of conduct issues, particularly those relating to the Air Force application of government wide conflict of interest regulations and personal financial disclosure rules applicable to all Air Force civilian employees and military members.
AIR FORCE TRIAL JUDGE
At the conclusion of his SAC assignment, he was selected by the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force to serve as a military trial judge in the USAF Trial Judiciary, Air Force Legal Services Center at Bolling AFB, DC, and in that capacity was also the assistant to the Chief Trial Judge of the Air Force.
During this assignment he sat on both jury and judge alone Air Force courtsmartial for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). (The UCMJ does not classify offenses as petty offenses, misdemeanors, or felonies. Whether an offense is considered within any of these classes is a matter of other federal or state law definitions.) Phil was also responsible for and developed a computer program for reporting all Air Force military justice courtsmartial charges and case data and results in "real time" via telephone modems or the ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet (ARPANET was a large wide-area network created by the United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA)). This program allowed The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force and his staff to monitor in "real time" all military justice matters within the Air Force. During this assignment Phil was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
AIR FORCE SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT AND MASTER OF LAW DEGREE
When Phil left the judiciary in 1988, he was assigned by the Air Force The Judge Advocate General as a scholarship student to George Washington University College Of Law In Washington, DC where he received his Master Of Law (LL.M) Degree in government contract law in 1989. Due to his rank and seniority, he was also contemporaneously assigned as the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) liaison officer and the supervising officer for 25 other Air Force officer students also then attending George Washington University under various Air Force programs and scholarships at that time.
FURTHER AIR FORCE ASSIGNMENTS
From 1989 to 1991, Phil was the Deputy Director, Logistics Law Services Directorate and Command Fraud Counsel at the Air Force Contract Law Center, Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He later served in a similar capacity at Air Force Space Command Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1991 to 1993, as the Director of Acquisition Law. One of his principle responsibilities in both positions was to formulate and track "coordination of remedies" plans involving alleged fraudulent actions by government contractors doing business with the government in efforts to provide appropriate remedies for illicit procurement fraud conduct and minimize government damages and secure appropriate government contract relief.
Phil was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1991 and to the Texas Bar in 1995. During Phil’s Air Force active duty service, he was selected a number of times to serve as a guest lecturer for the Air Force Systems and Logistics Course at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where he presented instruction to other Air Force attorneys, and senior Air Force military and civilian employees in ethics, standards of conduct, and government contract law subjects.
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE
In 1993, then Lieutenant Colonel Weaver left active duty and in mid-1994 was assigned to the Air Force Reserve as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Human Systems Center, Brooks Air Force Base, TX. In that position he served as a "weekend warrior" reservist for the installation legal office as well as for the Center Commander, and prepared numerous legal opinions on a myriad of legal subjects, involving, for example, military justice matters, claims against the government, civil and fiscal law issues, including issues related to procurement fraud and litigation, just to name a few.
Phil also served from time to time as an investigating officer under Article 32, UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) (roughly equivalent to a civilian grand jury) investigation of a criminal case to determine the adequacy of the charges to proceed to trial. He also provided supplemental legal advice and government contract litigation support in defending the Air Force in complex multi-million and billion dollar valued Air Force procurements and associated contract disputes, much the same as he had done as an active duty judge advocate .
On November 24, 1998, Phil was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 oak leaf clusters) and was honorably retired from the Air Force Reserve in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years active and reserve military service. He was subsequently transferred to the Retired Reserve, United States Air Force, in March, 2007 in that same grade.
AWARDS, DECORATIONS, AND MILITARY SCHOOLING
During his active and reserve Air Force and Army service, he received numerous military awards and decorations for meritorious service and achievement, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, the Air Force Achievement medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/palm, and the Vietnamese Staff Service Medal, First Class.
His military schooling includes completion of the Army Parachutist Course (while a West Point cadet), the Field Artillery Basic course, both the Signal and Infantry Officer Advance Courses, the Judge Advocate Basic Courses for both the Army and the Air Force, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and numerous other military and civilian legal courses to maintain currency and expertise in the many challenges faced daily by both military and civilian attorneys alike.
CIVILIAN ATTORNEY, US ARMY, FORT HOOD, TX
After Phil left active military duty and entered the Air Force Reserve in October, 1994, he became the civilian Attorney-Adviser (Contracts) for the U.S. Operational Army Test and Evaluation Command (OPTEC). In that capacity, he was assigned to the offices of the Staff Judge Advocate, HQs III Corp and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, TX.
His many responsibilities at Fort Hood included serving as a special legal advisor and consultant to the OPTEC Commander, as the principal legal advisor to the Director of the Optec Contracting Activity on routine as well as on unusual and complex procurement law matters as well as on matters relating to contract claims arising in connection with procurement activities for OPTEC and its subordinate units.
He also served as the command staff principal in the area of acquisition law and policy, fiscal law, resource management legal issues, acquisition issues, contract litigation support, standards of conduct, and contractual fraud, waste, and abuse investigations and regulations. In so doing, he was the special representative of the Command on other matters relative to procurement law and general litigation requiring expert knowledge of the law and broad experience in matters involving government contracts and related matters. For example, he represented the commander in legal matters related to the settlement of contract claims, protests, and disputes, and had the delegated authority to concur with negotiated and final settlements as being in the best interests of the government.
Phil has extensive government criminal, administrative, civil, and procurement law experience and has also completed all required training to serve as a federal mediator. Phil retired from this position and the federal civil service in May 2002 with over 31 years total federal civilian and credited military service. Upon his retirement, Phil was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award and was commended for demonstrating the "highest ethical standards and commitment to excellence, embodying the highest traditions of government service".
SOLO PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE
Phil and his wife, Merleann, currently reside in Whitney, Hill County, Texas, where he is a solo practitioner practices law in a variety of areas, including felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, family law (including divorce, and child custody matters), and wills and probate law. He is also appointed in criminal and child protective service cases.
As part of the continuing legal education Phil takes each year to stay as current as possible with the law, Phil has accumulated over 408 such hours over the last 7 years or so, averaging about 58 hours per year.
Phil is a member in good standing of the Texas (1995), Nebraska (1978), and Ohio (19910 bars. He also belongs to the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Hill County Bar Association.
MEMBERSHIPS, HOBBIES, AND INTERESTS
Phil is a member of American Legion Post 522, and is a life member of the VFW, NRA, Military Officers Association of America, and the Air Force Association. He is a licensed commercial/instrument rated pilot. Phil and his wife, Merleann, have five adult children and seven grandchildren and are active members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Whitney where he serves as a church elder.