Captain Hammond is a native of San Jose, Calif. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Systems Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1994; Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College Distance Education Program; and completed his Doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego in 2006. Captain Hammond is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III Certified in the Production, Quality, and Manufacturing, Life Cycle Logistics, and Program Management career fields.
Captain Hammond’s first tour in the Navy was aboard the training ship “NE Brasil” (U27) as a Foreign Exchange Officer, where he participated in UNITAS and completed a circumnavigation of the globe in support of U.S. Naval relations with the Brazilian Navy. He served in Fighter Squadron One (VF-1), making two deployments aboard the USS Ranger (CV 61), and in Strike Fighter Squadron Two Five (VFA-25) in Lemoore, Calif., where he served as Maintenance/Material Control Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer and deployed aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Captain Hammond served as the Maintenance Officer for the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, and was subsequently assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific in San Diego, Calif., where he served as the Assistant Plans and Policy Officer and Maintenance Data Readiness Officer. Overseas, he served as the Kuwait Air Force Special Project Officer and Air Force Maintenance Officer for the Office of Military Cooperation - Kuwait.
Upon the commissioning of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Captain Hammond served as the AIMD Production Control Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. Following the ship’s change of homeport from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Captain Hammond was assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), but located in Patuxent River, Md., as the Liaison to Naval Air Systems Command, PMA-205 (Naval Aviation Training Systems). Following this tour, Captain Hammond served on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition as the Director for Counter Improvised Explosive Devices and Rapid Acquisition Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Expeditionary Warfare).
Captain Hammond served as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command (NATEC), Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. Following his NATEC tour, he was assigned as the Deputy Vice-Commander for Fleet Readiness Centers (West), Naval Air Station North Island.
More recently, Captain Hammond served as the Director, Force Aviation Maintenance Policy, Commander Naval Air Force Pacific/Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet, Naval Air Station North Island. He reported to CNATT in Pensacola, Fla., in March 2013 as the Executive Officer, and assumed command of the Center in July 2015.
Captain Hammond’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Achievement Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.