Captain Hocutt is a native of Tatum, Texas and enlisted in the Navy in November 1983. A graduate of the University of Maryland University College in 2001 with an Associate Degree in General Studies and a graduate of Fort Hays State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While attending Fort Hays State University, he also completed a leadership studies certificate program.
He was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1994 and commissioned under the Limited Duty Officer Program as an Ensign in March 1998. His first officer assignment was at U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Europe Central, Naples, Italy from May 1998 to July 2001 where he served as Joint Fleet Telecommunications Watch Officer, Regional Message Center Division Officer and Technical Control Officer.
He then returned to his home State of Texas aboard USS Inchon (MCS 12) where he served as Automated Information Systems Officer from September 2001 to April 2002. After an unexpected transfer due to ship’s decommissioning, he reported in 2002 to USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as the ship’s COMMO. During the assignment, he earned qualifications as Officer of the Deck Underway and Surface Warfare Officer. In 2004, he reported to Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi where he served as Assistant Operations Officer and Ground Electronics Maintenance Officer. From 2007 to 2008, he reported to Commander, FIFTH Fleet where he served as Force Communications Officer. In 2008, he reported to Naval Personnel Command where he served as Information Systems LDO/CWO Detailer and Naval Network Forcenet Enterprise Placement Officer. In February 2010, he assumed duties as Executive Officer of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain. During this assignment, he qualified as an Information Warfare Officer and was selected for lateral transfer as an Information Professional. In July 2011, he reported to Expeditionary Strike Group Five where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff N6. In June 2012, Captain Hocutt returned to Naval Personnel Command as PERS-408, Branch Head for Information Dominance Corps Enlisted Assignments. In June 2014, Captain Hocutt reported to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) where he served as Combat Systems Officer. During this assignment, he was recognized as Ronald Reagan’s 2014 Category IV Navy and Marine Association Leadership peer-selected recipient. In January 2016, he reported to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Sicily where he serves as Commanding Officer.
Captain Hocutt’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four awards, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with seven awards, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with six awards and various other service and campaign awards.