As the St. Louis Cardinals Director of Security, Phil Melcher is responsible for all public safety and security at Busch Stadium, including the protection of all Cardinals players, employees and fans.
Before joining the Cardinals in 2017, Phil gained over 30 years of security, law enforcement, military and intelligence experience. He began his career in security as a New York City Police officer and later joined the Army in 1984 and the Special Forces (Green Berets) in 1991.
While in Special Forces, he was a medical and operations specialist. He conducted and participated in over 25 missions in Central and South America in support of US counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts. He served as Sergeant Major for an international peace keeping operation, Operation Safe Border, on the border between Ecuador and Peru. He has trained Special Operations Forces from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, Suriname, Paraguay and Argentina in Counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency operations. He was the primary Special Forces liaison and advisor for the US Military Groups in Colombia and Ecuador for counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism missions from 1999-2001, and was the principal coordinator for Plan Colombia.
Phil later served as the Chief Instructor for the first phase of training for all Special Operations Medical professionals, and as the senior medical supervisor for the Army's Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg. He retired from the Army and Special Forces in 2004 after over twenty years of service.
Melcher taught for the Sensitive Investigations Unit at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Va. and Terrorism Awareness and Homeland Security at Sanford Brown College. He currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Cyber Security Master's program at Webster University.
Phil worked at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as the Deputy Chief of Security Operations West, Chief of Site and Special Programs Security Teams, and the Chief of Information Security West. He worked in all of the security disciplines while at NGA and oversaw information protection, security education, anti-terrorism/force protection, physical and Operational Security programs. While at NGA, he authored the NGA Incident Response Plan, Security Guidance for the Protection of Classified and Sensitive Information, and numerous other security policies still in use by NGA today. Phil was also a Spanish linguist with the agency and in the US Army.
He served on the advisory board for the STARRS committee, which oversees Emergency Management for eight counties in the St. Louis and the Metro-East area. He served on the Safety and Security Council for School District 7 in Illinois and is currently the President of the Edwardsville Gun Club.
He is a Certified Protection Professional and Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and was a Nationally Registered Paramedic for 18 years. He holds two Bachelor's degrees from Regents and Campbell University, and a Master's degree from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management.
Phil and his wife Madeleine have three children: Philip, Elizabeth and Noah.