A native of North Quincy, Massachusetts, Commander Hill is a 1996 graduate of Tufts University, B.A. in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, and a 2006 graduate of Georgetown University, M.A. in Security Studies, with honors.
He entered the Naval Service through the Navy ROTC program and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1996. After flight training at VT-10, he was selected for the E-2C Hawkeye pipeline at VAW-120 where he earned “wings of gold” as a Naval Flight Officer in January 1998.
In May 1998, he reported to the Seahawks of VAW-126 in Norfolk, Virginia. During this tour, he participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and DESERT FOX in Iraq and Operation DELIBERATE FORGE in the Balkans region while on board the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS TRUMAN (CVN-75). He was selected for “Hawkeye NFO of the Year” in 2000.
Commander Hill was then assigned to the Navy Fighter Weapons School, TOPGUN, in May 2001 as its first Hawkeye aviator. There he ran the Air Intercept Control Division and was Editor of the NSAWC Journal.
In January 2004, he reported to the Bear Aces of VAW-124 as the Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He prepared his fellow aircrew for operations in the Arabian Gulf in 2005.
Commander Hill was then selected as a Navy Politico-Military Scholar and completed his master’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2006, focusing his studies on terrorism and counterinsurgency.
In June 2007, Commander Hill reported to the Liberty Bells of VAW-115. Serving as an Administrative, Operations, Maintenance, and Safety Department Head, he participated in several deployments with the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), conducting patrols throughout the Sea of Japan, South China Sea, Yellow Sea, and Indian Ocean.
After his Far East tour, Commander Hill was assigned to the Joint Staff’s J-3 Antiterrorism/Force Protection Directorate specializing in threat analysis. He was also the Editor of The Guardian Antiterrorism Journal.
Commander Hill has accumulated more than 2,100 flight hours throughout his career. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and one Navy Achievement Medal.
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