SSG Phillip Blackmon, U. S. Army (retired) was selected as the latest 2017 Texas Sentinels Foundation home recipient. Phillip and his wife, Tammy along with their son, Alex have been selected for a new home in Beaumont which will be awarded in time for Christmas. 

RE/MAX ONE has committed this year to build a home for a well and deserving veteran and his family, SSG Philip Blackmon. RE/MAX ONE is seeking all donations/sponsorships and/or volunteered time and labor from the southeast Texas community to make this dream come true for the family. By partnering with the Texas Sentinels Foundation (IRS approved 501C(3) non-profit foundation), our goal is to build this family a forever home right here in southeast Texas.  Contact them today & get involved!  Amanda Cobb: or 409-499-5199. Follow them on Facebook at  You can also make a donation directly to the cause, go to and add “Beaumont TX” in the special instructions to the TSF area.  WATCH 12 NEWS NOW STORY 

SSG Blackmon and his wife are looking forward to settling down in Beaumont and being a part of a  community. Over the last 15 years, Blackmon, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist, assigned to both the 706th EOD Company, Schofield, Barracks, Hawaii and the 760th EOD Company, Ft. Dix, New Jersey completed 2 combat deployments in Iraq, worked alongside the U.S. Secret Service and provided security for Presidents and NFL football games all over the United States. SSG Blackmon currently holds the record for successfully diffusing more than 150,000 tons of unexploded ordnance while conducting combat operations in Iraq for 48 months. He was also awarded the SF Hero of the Year award at Ft. Bliss, Texas.

In 2004, while conducting route clearance missions in the streets of Mosul, Iraq, Blackmon had an 1,000 pound Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonate adjacent to his vehicle approximately 3 feet outside his door. The result of the blast left Blackmon unconscious with two broken shoulders, broken arms, a broken hip, fractured vertebrae, broken neck, schrapnel lacerations as well as many other injuries. Blackmon was involved, at extreme close range, with more than 600 IED explosions.