10 cadets on a boat in the Seine pose for a photo, the Eiffel Tower behind them.

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Archway Tower Classroom in the Barracks


Dual Enrollment American History
History 10

Academic Cadre

CW3 Phillip Lacey

Instructor and Coach

Working with cadet’s growing mind is the most fascinating thing about being an instructor and coach here at Fishburne. Seeing this—and new skills learned from day one—is exceptionally gratifying and why I do what I do. I think every student can succeed here if he has three things: parents with carrots, teachers with redemptive grading, and a goal after graduation. And here’s my inside tip: while you’re at Fishburne, try to take advantage of every opportunity possible. Play a sport, go on fieldtrips, dates and to the dances, keep your uniform impeccable; and take care of your fellow cadets—especially the youngsters.


I earned my M.A. in History from Southern New Hampshire University (2023), my B.A. in History and minor in English from Virginia Military Institute (2006), and my Advanced Diploma from Fishburne Military School (2002).

I’m proud of my service in the Virginia Army National Guard (2005-present), Afghanistan (2010-11), Kuwait/Iraq (2014-15), and Jordan/Afghanistan (2021-22).

In addition to the role of instructor and coach, I’m also a husband and a father. I love to be outdoors bicycling, canoeing, and gardening. My nerdy side volunteers with the City of Staunton and the Board of Building Codes, Fire Codes, & Flood Zone Appeals. Favorite quote: Dante Alighieri’s “And now I’ve seen what I’ve never seen before.” I am also a member of the Society for Military History and the Knights of Columbus.

Awards & Decorations Include:

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with OLC
  • Army Achievement Medal with OLC
  • Army Meritorious Unit Commendation with OLC
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 4 OLC
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terror Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” and Hourglass Device
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Virginia National Guard Commendation Medal (Virginia)
  • Virginia Governor’s National Service Medal (Virginia)
  • Virginia National Guard 3-Year Service Ribbon (Virginia)
  • Virginia National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon (Virginia)
  • Favorite cookie


  • Favorite actor

    Buster Keaton

  • Best book ever written

    Les Miserables

  • Horror or Comedy


  • Favorite Valley destination

    Gypsy Hill Park