Son of local Sgt. Eaker Churn Sr. to receive The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Published 3:10 pm Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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By Sarah Brown – Managing Editor

Phillip Churn Sr. a retired Major General in the U.S. Army has been nominated by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to receive the highest honor for his public service; The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. General Churn served over 37 years of distinguished, faithful and honorable service to our nation in many positions of increasing duties and responsibilities. These positions include: Second Lieutenant to Major General. He is a native of Washington D.C. and the son of the late retired Sergeant First Class Eaker Churn Sr., from Cordele, Georgia. Sgt. Eaker served over 20 years of faithful and honorable service to the nation and wife Rosabelle Hunt. His paternal grandparents are the late Buel and Leona Graham Churn of Cordele, GA and maternal grandparents are the late Josiah and Rosabelle Hunt. General Churn also has an aunt Eddie Maw Cook that still resides in Cordele, GA. General Churn holds a Master’s in Strategic Studeies fro the U.S. Army War College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Mouth Saint Mary’s University. He is married to Robin Churn, and they have four adult children.


General Churn is the Founder, President and CEO of his company SYZYGY International, LLC. His company is a risk management and security consulting company specializing in risk identification/ analysis, risk remediation, and risk management solutions, as well as providing executive protection, security consulting, and investigation services.


Previous military assignments include: The Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commanded the 200th Military Police Command, trained over 300 Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents, mobilized and deployed four times of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also conduced over 4000 hours of counseling, coaching, and mentoring junior officer on their aspirations for their military and post military careers. Along with mentoring high school students and their parents about military service and Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship opportunities. He is an Army Reserve Ambassador for Washington D.C., a member of the Smithsonian Institutes’ Advisory Board for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and a lifetime member of the ROCKS Inc. (military mentoring organization), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and Presidents Emeritus for the Retired Military Officers Business Association (RBA).


General Churn has received numerous civilian, military awards, and decorations over the span of his military career including; recipient of the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, and many others.