Philip Locke
Full Name Philip Robson Locke
Place of Birth Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
Relatives William Locke (father), Cissie Locke (mother), Rose Locke (wife), Anthony Locke (son)
Affiliation Defense Intelligence Agency
Rank Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Hair Brown
Eyes Blue
Height 5'9 ft.
Weight 175 lbs.

Philip Robson Locke was born and raised in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. His father, William Locke, was a coal miner. His mother, Cissie Locke, was a maid. After Locke graduated from high school, he went on to Princeton University on an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship. He graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via ROTC. Soon after, Locke married his girlfriend of three years, Rose. While at Princeton, he decided to become an infantry officer.

Upon completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Locke attended the U.S. Army Airborne School and then the U.S. Army Ranger School. After earning the Ranger Tab, he attended the U.S. Army Air Assault School and was then assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as an air assault platoon leader within the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment. Locke later went through Ranger orientation training and was subsequently assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment as a ranger rifle platoon leader in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He eventually became a ranger rifle company executive officer. After being promoted to Captain, Locke became the assistant battalion operations officer.

He was made a ranger rifle company commander after attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course. Soon after, Locke attended the Assessment and Selection Course for the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. Upon successful completion of the course, he went on to the Operator Training Course. Afterwards, Locke was assigned to Delta Force as an assault troop commander. He eventually became a squadron operations officer and then a squadron executive officer. After he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Locke began attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Upon earning a Master of Military Art and Science in Advanced Military Studies, he was made a squadron commander.

With numerous commendations, Locke left the U.S. Army after twenty years of distinguished service. He then moved to Washington, D.C. with his wife, Rose, and son, Anthony. A little while later, Locke joined the Defense Intelligence Agency as a program manager in the DIA's Directorate for Operations. In that capacity, he managed the coordination and logistics of operations support programs for clandestine human intelligence collection operations. Locke was later given command of a highly unconventional anti-terrorist black ops unit within the DIA called Section 20.

So top-secret that it officially doesn't exist, Section 20 is a high-tech tactical operations team that focuses on high-risk, top-priority targets. Directed to attack terrorist threats where they originate, it functions as a highly sophisticated mobile intelligence unit with the capability to move from country to country anywhere in the world, sometimes covertly, sometimes with the agreement of the local government. All of its work is unofficial and "off the books." That allows its small group of operatives to operate independent of the U.S. national security apparatus and therefore disregard various laws and international treaties.

The missions tasked to Section 20 are deniable covert and clandestine operations that would be completely disavowed by the U.S. government if ever made public. They include targeted killings, false-flag actions, enforced disappearances, clandestine insertion and extraction of operatives, and providing secret military assistance to foreign governments in their counterterrorism efforts.

As Section 20's commanding officer, Locke is directly involved in and overseas covert paramilitary direct action and special reconnaissance operations, as well as unilateral espionage operations in which Section 20 personnel assume false identities and go deep undercover in order to identify targeted terrorists, track them to a specific location and capture or kill them as necessary. A clear-thinking and highly-experience special operations veteran, his command of Section 20 brings strategic clout to this paramilitary group. As a chief counterterrorism officer, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Locke has helped save the United States from devastating terrorist attacks on numerous occasions.


  • A British version of this character appears on the UK-US television series Strike Back.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.