General Samuel C. Phillips, a Cheyenne High School graduate, received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Wyoming in 1942 and then entered military pilot training. He earned combat honors during an extensive tour of duty during World War II. He received the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Michigan in 1950. Some of his leadership positions include Director of the Minuteman ICBM Program, Director of the Apollo Program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Director of the National Security Agency, and Commander of the Air Force Systems Command. He served as the head of a review of NASA after the Challenger disaster. Following his retirement from the air force, he served TRW Energy Products Group, retiring as Vice President and General Manager of the company. He was named UW Distinguished Alumnus in 1962 and awarded the university's Honorary LL.D degree in 1963.